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?