Here's a recording of Tim Murphy the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister offering Grewal a patronage appointment in return for his abstention on the budget vote. This is most direct evidence so far that the Prime Minister is trying to buy himself out of this crisis by using his powers of appointment. So much for him curing the "democratic deficit."
A Smoking Gun? I sure think so. My question to Peter Paylor and the rest of the Lefties at the Not-So Progressive Bloggers how do they explain this one away?
Addendum:Andrew Coyne sums up the recording pretty well.