As I blogged earlier, Christine Elliott has semi-famously come out against Ontario's harmonization of its sales tax in spite of the fact that it's a policy strongly endorsed by her husband, (and economists, by the way) who happens to be the finance minister of Canada.
It would be nothing more than wild speculation to say that this uncharacteristic show of support by federal members could be perceived as opposition by the MPs to their government's plan for provincial sales tax harmonization. In fact, the MPs' endorsement of Elliott is almost certainly not an endorsement of her policy positions (after all, what does politics have to do with policy?)
That said, given Elliott's controversial stand on a major policy issue - and we could speculate some more and say the fact that it's the only issue on which she's taken any position is indicative of its importance to her - it is surprising to see federal MPs, who are usually kept on such a tight leash for the sake of the federal party's messaging efforts, publicly throwing their support behind any candidate in the race.
Cross-posted to The Shotgun.