Cornwall ON – Well the Summer Season is kicking into high gear for politics in Canada. Our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper is in Calgary for the Federally funded stampede beating the drums.
The fastest beat is his insistence on the possibility of a coalition against him thus why Canadians should give him a majority when he somehow gets Mr. Ignatieff to agree to an election.
“They’re moving ever closer together. They don’t think they can beat us alone, so what they hope is that next time they can deny us a majority and then form a coalition of losing parties …”
I hate to break it to our PM, but if you have a minority government all parties have essentially lost the election with none gaining a majority. It’s probably the way of the future for Canada unless we REFORM our political system as many are suggesting.
When you have a minority government there are two choices. The party with the most seats finds a way to govern without the others toppling it or a COALITION is formed to govern for as long as the politicians hold to the agreement.
Now I give Mr. Harper credit. If I were him I’d use the scare tactics about a coalition because most likely it’s going to remove him from power and power seems to be his drug of choice.
He’ll throw bones to Mr. Layton, to Mr. Ignatieff, and dare I say even Mr. Duceppe if it will prolong his grip on the reins of power for Canada.
This minority government will end soon. We will have another election. Again, who is making all this noise about elections being bad? They’re good for the sign business. They’re good for the advertising business. Sometimes they even make us face and consider important issues that impact our daily lives; like HEALTHCARE, and why we’re fighting wars for Uncle Sam, or spending BILLIONS of dollars on things that most Canadians wouldn’t vote to pay for.
So to me elections are not a bad thing. To me what’s bad is corrupting the foundations of our Canada with spin and divisive politics. Canada is one of the greatest countries in the world. Our glass is definitely more than half full.
We as Canadians need to see through the haze of sound bites and pull together as we all are about to feel the splash of the US Depression; if not World Depression and start taking care of each other and building a better, cleaner, and safer world for our future.
And Mr. Ignatieff;
At his breakfast, Ignatieff admitted the Liberals have to stop thinking they’re the natural ruling party and earn the confidence of Canadians.
I only partially agree with you on this. Liberals do need to earn the confidence and trust of Canadians, a majority of whom freely gave it for generations. This is your Holy Grail. This is why you’ve been sucking on Mr. Harper’s exhaust fumes. If you wish to be the party you once were you’re going to have to get your mojo working again and be what you truly are and not something you never have.
Do you really expect the REFORM Party of Canada to REFORM the election rules?
you got to quit with the fairy tales. Harper is just a conservative guy who is doing better than the Liberals on just about every front. And it is Icky that called Harper the devil today saying he can smell sulfur. Sounds alot like someone from Iran.
So when do we Canadians start listening to you and voting liberal again, when Icky is taking notes from the bonehead in Iran who wants to kill the jews.
If Harper fears that Icky and scratchy get together with the Bloc, and stop his Gov’t, there is nothing wrong with it. I am afraid of the total screw up that would cause.
We have it good, in fact, we have it great. Harper has only helped our country, he put the train back on the track in the right direction. We have reason to fear a coalition of the backward.
Why is Stephen Harper so afraid? Because under that super-manicured exterior is a mean spirit that is terrified of its come-uppance.
“We have reason to fear a coalition of the backward.”
Yeah, that kind of verbiage really helps communicate a message. This type of “speak” is exactly why Mr Harper has to go. Canadians are not backwards simply because they do not support Mr. Harper or his policies.
admin: perhaps coalition of losers would have been more appropriate.
The Cons seem to be enjoying their coalition with the Libs.
The Libs have supported the Cons on every confidence vote for the last four years.
Other winners during an election are ordinary folk working the polls.
One reason for minority situations is because there are too many parties for such a large geographic area.
Coaltions will cost more, because each will each want their own little win win scenario for the photo op. Taxpayers have met the threshold, we can not afford to give more. Programs and staffing need to be looked at by each level of governement, and that needs to be done before more baby boomers retire!
The Bully in the Blue Shirt but not true blue which belongs to us old Progressive Conservatives who have only disdain for this tyrant in disguise.
He came from the REFOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORM party. They should have picked Peter MacKay.
You can not be PC, C, or Reform these days and get elected by a majority, people have been force fed their own money in programs for years and now do not except anything less.
Why does the coalition not attempt to topple the conservatives?
Though we may not like Harper the other patties know they have nothing better to offer. Add to that to be a federal leader under such difficult times would not be easy for anyone.
The other parties are actually scared to win.