The likelihood of a Spring election fought over the issue of the war in Afghanistan, though bandied about for a few days, is now rather low. In all likelihood, neither leading party (Liberal or Conservative) liked the prospect of battling over which party's position was more out of touch with Canadian public opinion. (Opinion in Canada has been pretty steady at 55-60% opposed to the war since mid-2006. See the graph here.) So, a compromise is being worked out, likely involving an extension of the mission until 2011 (as per Conservative hopes), with a recast emphasis on training and reconstruction (as Dion's Liberals have envisioned).
In explaining his efforts to reach a compromise with his Liberal foes, Harper deftly articulates a certain bi-partisan mindset:
"It isn't normally my habit to defend the Liberal party," Harper said, explaining that the Liberals sent the country into Afghanistan and directed Canada through the Second World War "because the parties that run this country understand that in a dangerous world, you sometimes have to use force to maintain peace." (link)