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  •  How stable would this minority government be? (1+ / 0-)
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    Would it be a good thing for Canada during this time of crisis to be ruled by a minority government?

    •  I don't think there's much choice (9+ / 0-)

      So long as there are four viable parties in the House, the risk of minority government is high.  Remember, the current government is a minority - the third one in a row.  If there was an election tomorrow, there is every reason to suppose that we would get yet another minority government.

      This whole issue deserves a diary of its own - depending on the level of tolerance of Kossacks for a through analysis of Canadian politics.  The issue is what Canadians can do with our current electoral reality.  Absent the disappearance of the Bloc Quebecois or a uniting of the NDP and the Liberals, Canada's going to have to get used to minority governments.  We could, in fact, even embrace them by moving to a proportional representation system (which would undoubtedly bring a number of Greens into Parliament).

      "The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation." - Pierre Trudeau

      by fishhead on Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 02:19:30 PM PST

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    •  Canada is better governed in minority governments (5+ / 0-)

      I shudder to think what Harper would have done if he had a majority.

      I lived through the Mulroney years and a majority that doesn't listen to you can be pretty awful.

      Behind every great man, there's a woman saying "Stand up straight"

      by captainlaser on Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 02:43:13 PM PST

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      •  Absolutely. (4+ / 0-)
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        Minority governments have to listen. If they don't... well, Harper is discovering right now what happens if they don't.

        Canadians are going to be subjected to a barrage of Tory advertising trying to convince them that this move is "anti-democratic". But, you know, the will of the Canadian people as expressed in the last election was not that Harper should be able to do whatever the hell he wanted. It was that they still wanted to keep him on the 'minority' leash, and he still needed to pay close attention to the ideas of the other parties.

        Folly is fractal: the closer you look at it, the more of it there is.

        by Canadian Reader on Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 03:19:45 PM PST

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