The threats this past week - do we go to the polls - do we not go to the polls, have scored a victory for Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals.
The Conservatives 'smoke and mirrors', pretending that they didn't want an election, appears to have backfired.
This may have been a tempest in a teapot, but it shook the foundations of Parliament Hill.
In January, when Mr. Ignatieff had the deciding vote on whether or not the coalition would survive, he voted with the Conservatives, because he knew that Canadians just wanted to get on with it.
But how was he repaid? With personal attack ads.
And not only that, but for the past few months both the Bloc and NDP have constantly referred to him as a traitor. When they toured this summer and were told by people that they had to get rid of Harper, both used the excuse that they would like to but the Liberals keep backing him up.
However, when Michael Ignatieff finally said 'Enough!', everyone went into retreat mode. But look what's happened.
We now have the Harper government dependant on his dreaded 'separatists' and 'socialists' to stay afloat, negating the hyperbole of a left-wing coalition. And we have the official opposition able to do what we pay them to do - oppose the government.
Well played Mr. Ignatieff. Well played.