Prime Minster Stephen Harper celebrated his 50th birthday with panache. Although he neglected to invite his cabinet ministers to the ceremony that invited severe criticism, seemed content to be strolling with his daughter Rachel amongst 50 pink flamingos; placed by staffers on the lawns of his 24 Sussex Drive home in Ottawa.
However this might be the only moment of respite the PM might get as there are myriad of issues surrounding Parliament Hill.
The Conservatives hope that their stimulus package will offset some of the damage but the inevitable wave of redundancies and defaults is likely to stoke anger and lead to calls for a change of government, regardless of what the Liberals put in the shop-window.
Lets give the Prime Minster a break and wish him the very best for yet another milestone in his life. Proudly Canadian.