He who controls the sitting of the House, enjoys the confidence of the House. He who does not, does not.
How much simpler can it be put than that?
Paul Martin's billion-dollar-a-day bribefest announcements are great photo ops. They may be even great campaign material.
They are not, and will never be, a sign that his government commands the confidence of the House.
Show some courage for once in your life, Mr. Martin. Go back in there and introduce your own vote of confidence, if you think your government can win it. Don't rely on the ghoulish hope that one of the ailing MPs will either die or be too sick to vote in a week's time. Don't send troops in harm's way as the price of a former colleague's vote.