Stephen Harper may regret his criticism of coalition politics because, after Monday's election, his own survival may depend on Bloc Quebecois support. They will not announce a formal partnership but politics in Quebec and Ottawa has been long practiced with back room deals hidden from public view. Gilles Duceppe has ready a long list of Quebec-first demands. The question is not, "Can Bloc support be bought?" The only uncertainty is price.
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