Manon Cornellier reminded us this week of how Stephen Harper extricated himself out of a similar predicament in October, 2007. After a number of the Harper government crime bills died when Parliament was prorogued in September of 2007, the government brought back an omnibus crime bill in October containing five of the formerly separate bills. It was a confidence vote.
Think he won't do it again? If that's the plan, it's not going to look particularly good after having shut down Parliament. It'll look like one more heavy-handed tactic piled on another.