Parliament is back and -- maybe, just maybe -- it will provide an opportunity for serious debate on the challenges Canada faces.
There are enough of those challenges to warrant MPs' collective attention.
For a start, take the economic shocks brought on by the steep drop in fossil fuel prices.
A slumping dollar, declining tax revenues and tanking stock markets caused the Harper government to panic.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver decided to 'prorogue' his budget because of "uncertain market conditions."
Federal budgets are normally due in February or March. Oliver did not say exactly how long he might wait before delivering his. He only said he would not do so any "earlier than April."