The Breath Heard Around The Park
On Tuesday, in the middle of the budget vote, time seemed to stop.
It was between when the Liberals got up to vote in favour of it and the Tories, against. It was when the NDP stayed seated and know one knew if they were going to get up.
Just under 24 hours earlier, the Liberals and NDP made a deal and while NDP leader Andrea Horwath underlined she wouldn't make the government fall rather than state her full-out support for the budget (meaning the party would likely abstain), that one moment in the budget vote was full of doubt.
Sidebar: in order to vote in the Legislature, an MPP has to stand. Once the clerk has read his or her name, they will sit back down and their say is counted.
So thoughts were swirling: Did NDP members change their minds? Will they really abstain? Will there be another election?
All throughout the ups and downs of the budget procedure one thing was clear: no one wanted another election. It wasn't hard to figure out.
A reporter, during a news conference: "So, will we all have to rebook our vacations because there might be an election?"
A political staffer or twelve: "This time on the campaign bus...." (makes a joke about stuff to do on the road, likely followed by him or her rolling their eyes).
Most residents: "Another election? Really? Didn't we just have three?"
But the NDP abstained and no election was called, for now... (said using an overly dramatic soap opera voice, followed by cheesy music).
Katie Franzios is Newstalk 1010's Queen's Park Bureau Chief. Follow her on Twitter: @katiefranzios .