...for a government that now sits at 144 seats, 11 seats short of a majority in a 308-seat House, it's something to consider. It would virtually assure the Conservatives of retaining all of their nine seats in 418, and make all the others very competitive. The regional media would see to it, primarily Le Soleil and Le Journal de Quebec, not to mention the TVA network and LCN news channel. Those last three media franchises are owned by Quebecor, whose CEO, Pierre-Karl Peladeau, is driving the Nordiques bid, partly as a convergence play.Ah, PKP, the driving force behind Kory Teneycke's Ottawa Sun TV bid is also "driving the Nordiques bid." Hmmm. So potentially Harper would be sending $175 million Quebec's way to help Peladeau get an NHL franchise. Then the idea is Peladeau would help Harper out with favourable media coverage in an election, as MacDonald so blatantly puts it. Tiny bit of a conflict shaping up here. Throw in the nationwide Peladeau news channel bid that's on the horizon.
And then there's the vice chair that might be hovering in the background of this one.
Yeah, might be a tricky one to pull off for the chess master. But heck, there could be lots of fruitful angles to pursue.