It was just a matter of time

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Vowing to end political party funding in its financial update, the Steven Harper Conservative government drew fire from Opposition leaders Stephane Dion, Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe, all promising they would find a way to unseat the Prime Minister.
Now, with an agreement in place for the NDP and Bloc Quebecois to support the Liberals for a two-and-a-half year period, there seems little the PM can do short of putting business on hold until the month of January to stop the opposition coalition from wrangling the reigns of power away from the Conservatives.
The real question arising from the coup, however, is if the move is democratic.
The Conservatives went directly for the throat, spewing propaganda and dubbing the Liberal's partnership with the NDP and Bloc a "deal with the devil" or falling back on Cold War lingo and propping up words like "socialists" and "separatists."
At the heart of their argument is that the coup trumps the government Canadians voted into power. Rationally, though, 143 ridings voted for the Conservatives while 165 did not. Were the electoral process just a two party system the message Canadians were delivering would have been much more clear.
Further, one thing we have observed from the minority government process is the leading party needs partners in order to have a functional government and the Conservatives have benefited from similar coups under the veil of leadership. In previous years the Conservatives have gone to bed with both the Liberals and the Bloc to keep their minority governments afloat. Albeit, the romance didn't have the same prenuptials for power sharing the three opposition parties have drafted for the Governor General to consider when a vote of non-confidence occurs. In the past the Conservatives have doled out benefits, money and advantages to opposition parties in exchange for their votes. So is this really any different?
It was just a matter of time before the pendulum would swing the other way on minority government politics and now that it is here the opposition should have the same liberties the ruling Conservatives enjoyed when they forged alliances with opposition parties to retain power.`

Organizations: Conservatives, NDP, Bloc Quebecois

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