The Quebec budget passed in the legislature on Friday, saving Quebecers from heading back to the polls this summer.
Premier Jean Charest's minority Liberal government remains intact after a 46-44 vote in the national assembly.
All Liberals in the legislature voted for the budget, while the 41 Action democratique du Quebec MLAs rejected it.
In a symbolic protest, three of the PQ's 36 MLAs showed up Friday to express the party's opposition to the budget, with the remainder abstaining from the vote.
So Jean Charest lives for now, but only at the grace and favour of the PQ. What's more, with the concerted opposition of the party ideologically closest to it. As soon as the PQ can finish coronating Pauline Marois, Charest's career as the golden boy of Canadian politics is done. Forever.
Would that he had stayed in federal politics, where he might be Harper's Quebec lieutenant today, instead a saviour for a cause that no longer needed (or had passed beyond) saving.