A BCer in Toronto: Confusing Canadians about coalitions to score political points

We hear a lot about coalitions these days, and it seems clear there’s a bit of confusion out there about what it means and just what the post-election options for cooperation are – confusion likely deliberately spread by the NDP. I was canvassing in Scarborough the other day. It’s a riding that was Liberal for ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Confusing Canadians about coalitions to score political points

We hear a lot about coalitions these days, and it seems clear there’s a bit of confusion out there about what it means and just what the post-election options for cooperation are – confusion likely deliberately spread by the NDP. I was canvassing in Scarborough the other day. It’s a riding that was Liberal for ...

Bill Longstaff: Germany’s Grand Coalition—a lesson for Canada?

Germany now has a government that represents a solid majority of the German people. With three-quarters of Social Democrat party members voting to join a coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, the chancellor and her cabinet will now be sworn in. In September’s national election, the Christian Democrats got 41.5 per cent of the vote ...

Alberta Diary: Former Aussie PM’s unintended message to Canadian progressives: coalitions work!

Former Australian PM John Howard at the Manning Centre’s Ottawa gabfest Sunday. Below: Tom Flanagan pictured on a button worn by many at Preston Manning’s “big-tent” conservative revival meeting, “Calgary School” professor Rainer Knopff seen in passing sporting his Flanagan button. OTTAWA Was former Australian PM John Howard sending Canadian conservatives a coded message about ...

The Canadian Progressive: Andrea Horwath: “We’re not interested in a coalition government”

Earlier this week, someone suggested that, if chosen to succeed Dalton McGuinty as Ontario premier next weekend, Liberal leadership front-runner Kathleen Wynne would invite the Ontario New Democrats to form a coalition government. NDP leader, Andrea Horwath, has dismissed the idea. In a letter recently mailed to supporters, she said the coalition government talk is “a distraction from the issues.” “With so many ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: We Must Stop Stephen Harper and the 20% from Destroying Canada

There has been lots of discussion about how Stephen Harper’s majority only represents 40% of voters because of the way our electoral system works. But, in reality, his agenda has much fewer supporters. We must remember that the Conservative Party is a coalition. It is not a coalition in the sense that the proposed Liberal-NDP ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Let us make one thing perfectly clear

Ontario is parliamentary democracy, albeit within it’s own constitutional jurisdiction. As such it is the Ontario legislature that determines who will be in the government and form the Cabinet. As in all parliamentary democracies a government is legitimate if, and only if, it has the confidence of a majority in the legislature. This majority can ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Realigning Canada’s Political Spectrum

Canadians have traditionally held social democratic values while supporting centrist political parties. Canadians support universal single payer public health insurance, public pensions and a social safety net, all of which, at the federal level, have been proposed by leftist political parties but legislated by centrists political parties. These parties traditionally were the Liberal Party, slightly ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber Pushing for Two Party System

It started with Ignatieff joining Harper’s anti-coalition bandwagon, the common message being that the big boys don’t share power with the little guys and it’s extended to the push for a debate between just Harper and Ignatieff because they think that they lead the only two parties that really matter.It is clear that the fight ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Coalition is Dead – Someone Tell Stephen Harper

The idea of a coalition government is dead for the simple reason that it is not in Michael Ignatieff’s political interest to enter into a coalition that would require him to share power. Although it is in his political interest not to contradict Stephen Harper’s coalition fear mongering but to leave the impression he is ...

Crazy Bitches R Us: Too funny – Who really had a hidden agenda on Coalition – Stephen Harper.

1) Coalition governments are legit. in Canada, we’ve had them before and it’s a political reality in most other parliamentary democracies.2) Coalition governments offer the best option for stability in our post 1993 5 party system.3) Parties who form governments with less than 50 percent of the popular vote do not have the moral authority ...

Crazy Bitches R Us: Too funny – Who really had a hidden agenda on Coalition – Stephen Harper.

1) Coalition governments are legit. in Canada, we’ve had them before and it’s a political reality in most other parliamentary democracies.2) Coalition governments offer the best option for stability in our post 1993 5 party system.3) Parties who form governments with less than 50 percent of the popular vote do not have the moral authority ...

Crazy Bitches R Us: Too funny – Who really had a hidden agenda on Coalition – Stephen Harper.

1) Coalition governments are legit. in Canada, we’ve had them before and it’s a political reality in most other parliamentary democracies.2) Coalition governments offer the best option for stability in our post 1993 5 party system.3) Parties who form governments with less than 50 percent of the popular vote do not have the moral authority ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Democracy Election

While thousands worldwide sacrifice their lives for the right to free elections Canadians complain about having one. That is not to say there are no reasons for some Canadians not to want an election. Certainly if you support the Reformatories you have it pretty good right now. With a minority in the House of Commons ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Unravelling Dion’s Political Strategy

Though my attention is tuned to our federal election, this post doesn’t continue the IP political issues I wrote detailing a stance against certain sorts of “intellectual property” regulation (NDP seems to address it best, though Dion provided a reasonable response to my letter). I’ll go on a tangent today: Stéphane Dion’s campaign strategy is ...