OTTAWA -- They stopped short of threatening to bring down the Liberal government but the Conservatives said Monday that stunning new revelations at the sponsorship inquiry will become an election issue.
Sensational testimony that can't be revealed because of a publication ban had Parliament Hill abuzz with speculation of a possible spring election.
Conservatives have privately suggested they're thinking of bringing down the government to fight a campaign over those allegations, but none has said so publicly yet.
Tory Leader Stephen Harper waded into the speculation by hinting Canadian voters will have the final say over testimony that has Liberals in damage-control mode.
"The judge, the police and Canadians will be the judge of how involved the Liberal party was (in sponsorship misdeeds),'' Harper told the House of Commons.