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  •  well, that's an interesting question... (3+ / 0-)

    Yes, enough common ground could be made between the Liberals and NDP that the two parties could reasonably govern in coalition. It's an idea that's been mooted before, under the previous Liberal leader.

    But Harper has done a pretty effective job of demonizing coalition government (instability! Italy! Israel!), to the point that Ignatieff, the current Liberal leader, had foresworn a coalition in which the NDP would take cabinet positions.

    But nobody anticipated anything like the projection here of 130 Conservative, 100 NDP, and 60 Liberal seats.

    If that were the result, my guess would be that the Liberals would solicit offers from both the NDP and the Conservatives, and either join one party or the other in coalition or not on the basis of those offers.

    I think there's no question that the Liberals might prefer to govern in a "grand coalition" with the Conservatives rather than a left coalition with the NDP.

    That would suck, and it might backfire with their voters, but there's no doubt that historically, the Liberals have benefitted greatly from keeping the NDP out of power and on the margins of Canadian politics ("they've never held power, don't waste your vote on them").

    Prison rape is not funny.

    by social democrat on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 08:37:04 AM PDT

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    •  Any coalition with the right-most party (2+ / 0-)
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      social democrat, Wreck Smurfy

      in any western country tends to result in the right-most party geting what they want, and everyone else just playing the fool (see: UK).

      But if the libs main goal is just to have fun cabinet positions and keep their keys to the parliamentary motor pool, I guess it makes sense.

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