And don't expect this to be the only provincial government. As the CBC article mentions, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland have all stuck a thorn in the government's paw on this issue before; I also suspect that Nova Scotia, with current Dipper Premier Darrell Dexter, may have a bone or two to pick over it. On the flip side, provinces like Saskatchewan and Manitoba may be in favour of reforms, not to mention Alberta and BC.
Quebec is warning Stephen Harper it may go to court, if necessary, to block any attempt by the federal government to unilaterally reform the Senate.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Pierre Moreau reiterated his province's view Monday that the federal government alone cannot reform the appointed upper chamber.
Moreau said any change must be done through a constitutional amendment, approved by at least seven provinces.
"It would be, I think, illegal to proceed unilaterally with a federal law and that's what we're opposed to," Moreau told The Canadian Press.
"We are not objecting to modernization of the Senate itself, but we think that any change for that chamber should go through a constitutional amendment ... That is the official position of Quebec; it has been the same for the last 20 years and more."
And as you may be well aware, the New Democrats favour scrapping the Senate altogether, but now as the Official Opposition and Quebec's standard bearer, Jack Layton is going to be forced to address the issue of Senate reform, and come down on one side or the other.
Again, here's the options:
a) either the NDP is an Opposition and sides with the provinces, but drops their Senate and electoral reform positions/concerns
b) champions what they always championed, and risk losing some support (not a lot, but some) on the issue, but run the risk of losing more support as Premiers whip up their populations as they do oh-so-often against the federal government
The third option is do nothing, say nothing, and let the Libs and Cons kill each other over it - possibly a sensible option, but one more effective if they just didn't come off a huge victory and want to keep up momentum. Also, they're the Official Opposition now - people will want to know what they're going to say. If they say nothing, they may just cede the territory of opposition back to the Liberals, who I will guarantee will be hungry for an opportunity to show what's what. Nevermind the fact that we have a former Premier as a leader who helped confer on the old Mulroney Accords which were the very essence of what it is to create a constitutional squabble - and he was one of the more sensible people on it.
It'll be interesting to watch this play out over the next few weeks. Very interesting indeed.