Earlier this year, the threat of a federal election scuttled the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade's nationwide search for ordinary Canadians' opinions on the International Policy Statement (IPS). This fall, Members of Parliament had barely hit the road when things heated up in the House of Commons and they were forced to return home. In a minority government scenario all political parties were reluctant to see MPs leave Ottawa when a vote that could either topple or save the government seemed an imminent prospect. The latest hold-up on the Committee quest is this week's election call, which prematurely ended a complementary online consultation that was supposed to run through to Dec. 7. The IPS was released last spring without broad consultations, but Foreign Affairs pledged a regular "update" would be more inclusive.