But, please, not to call it "payoff":
Stephen Harper is facing a showdown with premiers over his plan to scrap child-care deals that were years in the making.
The prime minister offered Tuesday to negotiate a "transition period" with Quebec before cutting off related funding to all 10 provinces after March 31, 2007. It wasn't immediately clear whether other provinces will get similar offers before the Conservatives snuff the Liberal plan to set up a $5-billion national day-care system...
Will other provinces be offered transition periods?
"We'll see what happens," [Harper spokesperson William] Stairs said. "We have a plan for child care. We ran on that plan and we intend to put (it) into place."
That sound you hear is backs being scratched. In French.