So in my effort to keep this blog fact based - I've discovered the first issue the pundits will be talking about that I won't be. "Who Caused This Election" is going to be the first story of the 2011 election season and there's no need to spend too much time talking about it because the answer is "Everyone".
Of course the Liberals, NDP, and Bloc have a hand in this by creating (and presumably voting for) a motion to defeat the government but oft overlooked is the hand the Conservative government is playing in this. Jack Layton has offered to work with the government in creating amendments for the budget that could help it pass - an offer which the Stephen Harper has declined. Having accepted amendments in the past it appears the government is just as interested in an election as the opposition. Considering the poll numbers this is hardly surprising.