This story has already made the rounds, I'm sure, but I just had to take a moment to pass it along as well. Here's the opening paragraph from a Wednesday National Post article:
"The Conservative government's $227-billion budget accidentally passed with unanimous consent yesterday after two opposition parties sat quietly through what was supposed to be a debate on the measure."
Says Liberal Party leader Bill Graham, "It was an unfortunate error, but it doesn't change anything.... We're opposed to the budget. I don't think anybody thinks that we're not."
The leader of Bloc Quebecois, whose party was expected to join the Tories in support of the budget, said that the opposition party leadership was either "incompetent" if they in fact forgot to debate the budget, or "liars". He added "Whether it's one or the other, they are not the required qualities for doing politics."
Jubilant Finance Minister Jim Flaherty quipped "I think they must have seen the wisdom of this budget and decided they made a mistake, some of them, on second reading, and decided to support it fully on third reading. I'm very excited about it. It's springtime in Canada."