For those Canadian voters who want to defeat Harper (and their numbers are legion)  there is another way to go.  Here is the situation:

The election on May 2 brings back  yet another minority conservative government – say 145 seats 10 short of a majority.  The House assembles and Harper is presently defeated on a non-confidence vote.  Harper goes to the Governor-General and ask for a dissolution and a new election.  The Governor-General refuses on the grounds the country has just had a general election and before we have another one, someone else should be given a  chance to govern.

So the Governor-General summons the leader of the opposition, Michael Ignatieff who has the second largest number of seats.  Ignatieff informs the G-G that he has  formed a coalition government with Jack Layon and the NDP and the coalition will have the support of the Bloc on all critical votes in the Commons.

With those assurances the GG invites the three opposition parties to form a government.  Harper is defeated in the House and the new government under Michael Ignatieff takes over.  Harper is out.  Good riddance. Somebody says such a coalition won’t work.  Well, just such a coalition has worked in Britain for almost a year.  So why not in Canada?

So you see what a coalition accomplishes.  The hated Harper is gone – for good.   The governing party is  back in the saddle.

Would a coalition work?

What do  you think?


  1. 1
    John Says:

    The above scenario is the very reason Harper will get a majority.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Don’t bet the family farm on it.

  3. 3
    John Says:

    The fact is the majority of Canadians want Harper in power (preferably in a minority). They will continue to do so as long as Canada’s ecomony remains strong. It’s that simple. Economics trumps ethics every time. (Can Ignatieff even explain to the Canadian taxpayer footing the bill for it why this election was called?)

    In fact, if Ignatieff, Layton and Ducceppe attempt to wrestle power away from Harper by coming through the back door, it will be seen by many Canadians as a far greater breach of the democratic process than anything Harper the tyrant has managed to pull off.

    I think the Liberals picked a bad time to go to the polls and are going to pay dearly for it. But that’s just me.

  4. 4
    Neil McKenty Says:

    John, I think you are probably right. But as a constitutionalist, I would like to see how Iggy would manage a coalition government.

  5. 5
    jim Says:

    Talk about Liberals going thru the back door, what about this situation?
    Last December the Harper Government was proposing to add new seats to the House using proportional representation rules as outlined in the Constitution. The seat count change is allowed after every cencus, in this case 30 extra seats. Harper wanted 18 seats to be allocated to Ontario, British-Columbia 7 and Alberta 5 and surprisingly none for Quebec. The Liberals saw Harper blink and jumped in with pushing for half a dozrn seats for Quebec and maybe settling for 3 seats. Harper wouldn’t budge, he wants those seats for battleground Ontario. All the machinations are now for naught because of the non-confidence vote. The May election is now over.
    Enter the coalition angle.
    There are many projections which can be made here as to what can happen, pre-coalition, post coalition, or no coalition. I’ll mention one scenario.
    After the election there are no changes in the previous House seat-wise.
    A coalition is formed a-la-Neil. BUT, 3 months later Harper suggests to the committee his allocation of the new seats. Guess who now has a majority after the by-elections? Yep, Harper allocated 3 seats to Quebec to pacify the Bloc who will now support Harper, (Without their own Coalition) as the allocation is crucial to the Bloc to maintain the seat ratio in Quebec relative to Canada. BTW Quebec now has 23.1 % of the Canadian population, down from 24.4%. There are a lot of other alternatives out there.

  6. 6
    Anna Jobe Says:

    Have you ever wondered who posts some of this stuff that you come across? The internet never used to be like that, recently though it has turned around. What do you think?

  7. Don’t forget the constitution guarantees a minimum of 75 seats for Québec

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    Rex Says:

    Cospiracy theory much Jim? Did it ever occur to you that the reason for the extra seats is the population in these provinces is increasing to the point where my vote in Alberta is worth half of a vote in some other provinces! Why would we give more seats to Quebec when their population continues to decrease, because they are whining? That’s what got us where we are now. It’s called taxation without representation and Harper is trying to fix it. It may make for good partisan rhetoric but are you really against the democratic principle of equal representation?

  9. 9
    jim Says:

    Rex – What has occured to me is that somehow you are not aware of the fact that if Quebec’s population drops to 15% of the population of Canada that the Quebec seat count will never drop below 75. Another is that PEI will never drop below 4. These numbers are frozen forever. I expect that in the next distrubution Alberta wil get 5 seats. Arf, Arf.

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