Does Google REALLY use the canonical as a poor man's 301?

Rob Snell's CANONICAL test --- success=URL w/o parameters

I am ONLY linking to this document with URLS with parameters in them. LATER ON I will add the CANON tag... Today is FRI JUNE 12

... 16 hours or so later Today is STILL FRI JUNE 12

ADDED THIS   link rel="canonical" href="http://www.robsnell.com/canonical-test.html"/ 

If this page ranks for "Rob Snell's Wacky Canonical Test" or "Rob Snell's REALLY Wacky Canonical Test" without the parameters showing, I think that shows it works..."

Here's what I was told:

... r