Members of Parliament left Ottawa for a two week break on Friday last, the day after the shock of Jim Flaherty's sudden death.
Parliamentarians are going home just as the challenges they face have grown bigger and more daunting than ever.
To start with, the Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23, is still very much in play.
The Conservatives and some pundits say it is all too technical and "inside Ottawa" for the general public. And, in any case, good, stolid, god-fearing Canadians, such as Gerta, who commented on a previous rabble piece, agree with Minister Poilievre that it is perfectly reasonable to ask folks to present ID when they go to vote.
That's not what the Fair Elections Act is, in truth, all about.