Today's ruling was not a victory or defeat for any particular party, it was a victory for the institution we call Parliament. This decision will reverberate throughout the years and will server as a check on any minority government in the years to come. Though prompted by the Afghan detainee issue, this decision and the precedent it sets surpasses that issue and any individual party.
Despite this decision Harper could still pull out a "win", and Ignatieff could still "lose". The Speaker has set the stage for a showdown or cooperation between the parties. The ultimate result of how the Afghan detainee issue is resolved is still up to them. That particular game has many moves yet.
But today, today was a victory for tradition, precedent and the vision of our government as laid out at Confederation.
Today was a good day.