Many Conservatives had been gleeful about the "poison pill" item in the update: the plan to slash $30 billion in taxpayer subsidies for political parties. But as the political fallout takes hold, Harper's move is widely seen as a terrible political miscalculation.
If I had a nickel for every time some journalist (actually, in this case, three journalists and presumably their editor) screwed up the difference between a million and a billion, I'd have a truckload of nickels. I'll refrain from taking pennies, given I support their abolishment.
For the record, the author does not support cutting the vote subsidy, but it's not something that pushes my buttons, either.