A Coup In Canada?

Only a couple months after Canadian Conservatives won re-election it looks like the opposition may be staging something of an electoral coup. According to news reports, the three opposition parties (Liberals, NDP and BQ) have signed an agreement to joint-rule if they succeed in a no-confidence vote.

Currently the vote is scheduled for December 8th and would result in the first coalition government in Canadian history.

I would be a bit cautious about this if I were a Canadian liberal as it could smack of overturning the will of the voters. After all it has only been a couple months since they voted to put the Conservatives back in power and I doubt that a Liberal voter would be happy to see BQ or NDP cabinet ministers.

In addition I don’t know that these parties will work well together.

But it does show that the USA is not the only country to provide entertaining politics.

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Author: PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

  • AustinRoth

    The 'will of the voters' only counts if you are Liberal. Just ask Al Gore and Al Franken.

  • elrod

    The Conservatives did not win a majority. They rely on coalition to rule, so rearranging the coalition is not exactly an electoral coup. Had the Tories won a majority, as they attempted, they would be able to prevent this.

  • surakmn

    Smack of overturning the will of the voters? The will of the voters was to give the Conservatives a minority. Having proven unfit to govern, it's only right the other parties give it a go.

  • ahaque

    The Canadian Prime Minister has played his cards wrong, cutting off Government funding to political parties. It is like telling McCain he couldn't have the $87 million he used for election campaign.

    David Frum says this will be a disaster. Well Frum is walking talking neocon disaster himself. Wasn't he the guy who inserted “Axis of Evil” comments in Bush's speech? These comment probably created more enemies for the United States.

  • meincanada

    Exactly. Sixty-three per cent of the votes went to the coalition parties. Looks like majority rule to me! Finally!

  • bettyb

    Patrick, you're wrong when you write that this would result in the first coalition government in Canadian history. We've lived through them before — and survived. <http://www.mapleleafweb.com/features/coalition-…>

    For his hubris, arrogance and bullying manner, Harper has to be slapped down, hard. If this is what it takes, so be it.

  • http://www.themoderatevoice.com Patrick E

    Well what I meant was that it is the first example of a national coalition since Dominion Status was granted in 1867.

    The WW1 coaltion was a War Unity type government more than a coalition.

  • http://blog.unionstayshyn.com UnionStayshyn

    I agree.
    I can't believe David Frum and Bill Kristol still have jobs. Honestly, who still takes these guys seriously?

  • ahaque

    That despicable Karl Rove writing for Washington Post, Bill Kristol with egg on his face about pushing Sarah Palin and Frum the pathetic newcon all have pay masters who are taking care of them one way or the other.