1. Caption contest. Finally Stephen Harper is back in public view this week after several weeks of holidays. We have the pictures to prove it.
Michael Ignatieff, meanwhile, has never been out of public view, given his cross-country bus tour. We have lots of pictures of his travels and travails too.
And so we thought it appropriate time to turn the blog over to readers and give everyone a chance to write their own captions to the leaders less-than-shining photo ops.
In the Liberal picture: Michael Ignatieff confronts himself during his weekend tour through London and Windsor in Southwestern Ontario.
In the Conservative picture: Prime Minister Stephen Harper gets a ride from Senator Gerry St. Germain, who holds an annual barbecue for Conservatives at his ranch in Surrey, B.C.
The Liberals have already weighed in on this one: "A small, camouflaged Popemobile. That will connect in rural Canada, no doubt!"
Now it's your turn.
2. Clearing the air. After accusing Sun Media being friendly to the Harper government and of taking leaks from the PMO to discredit the Auditor-General, Michael Ignatieff's communications director Mario Lague is sending QMI staff congratulations.
On Monday, Mr. Lague wrote a strategy note to Liberal MPs cautioning them not to criticize Auditor-General Sheila Fraser as a result of a QMI report.
"It appears they [the Harper government]are using favoured media sources to try to damage the office's credibility in advance of what are expected to be highly critical reports," Mr. Lague said in the memo, which was e-mailed to The Globe and Mail from an anonymous source. (Copies were also sent to The Canadian Press and Postmedia.
The report talked about expenditures by the Auditor-General's office for "rebirth" sessions or personal development courses. QMI notes their information was obtained through Access to Information, not the PMO, as the original story stated.
On Tuesday morning, Mr. Lague said: "The key point of my note was to make sure we did not start piling on the AG. As the note says, she can defend herself and take actions if needed.
"And since her reports will undoubtedly be critical of the government, we don't want to undermine her credibility. Good for QMI if they got their info through ATI."Report Typo/Error