NatPo scribe John Ivison detects widespread unrest in the ranks of Harper's Conservative caucus.
He claims Tory MPs will be looking to the results of Monday's by-elections as the bones and entrails of their boss's future. If the Liberals succeed in Brandon that will be taken as a sign that Harper has become an electoral liability.
They're sticking with Harper on his claims that he knew nothing of the Duffy-Wright business but if evidence comes out indicating the prime minister has misled his caucus, a number of MPs would be demanding his resignation.
Overall, writes Ivison, there's a malaise spreading through caucus stemming from a perception that Harper has forgotten he came to power on a promise of accountability and transparency.
Also the people Ivison has been speaking with say "the place would go crazy" if Nigel Wright is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust.