Why not a coalition?

Coalitions? say it ain’t so!

What’s that you say? They ARE legal in the U.K. and there WAS one (though ultimately a failed one) in the ’70s?

And since we in Canada have the same system of government AND whose legal system is descended from British Common Law (and the French Civil Code – but not in Constitutional matters), does that mean that a coalition would be OK here too?

I wonder if the political right in Britain will raise as much of a hue and cry over it as the Harperites did here?

On another front, please read this great piece by John Ibbitson that was published in yesterday’s Globe.

The lancet – one of the world’s preeminent medical journals – has come down hard on the ReformCon decision to refuse to fund abortion services in Third World countries.

Critics fear the Conservatives, if they were to get a majority, would move to limit abortion rights in Canada. The Prime Minister’s actions give credence to those fears.

The Lancet urged that Canada’s stand “should be challenged by the G8” and that they should create together “a final maternal health plan that is based on sound scientific evidence and not prejudice.” Yes.

The Conservatives seem chronically unable to earn the trust of 40-per-cent-plus of voters who would give them their majority government. There is always another agenda, there is always game-playing and in consequence the government never seems sincere, it never seems able to convince people that it wants to do what’s right.

Damn right. If the Cons are given a majority, you can bet your bottom doallar that harper will have to pay back the religious conservative zealots from the west who have been the base of the

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5 Comments to “Why not a coalition?”

  1. ck :
    Are you all forgetting why that coalition was thrown together in the first place?
    Steve was in complete denial over the looming recession and as such he made an economic statement that he would not offer any stimulus but was going to increase military spending.
    the other G20 were putting together stimulus packages but not Steve.
    While the stimulus went on Con ridings mostly, and contrary to what the right slanted corporate media is saying: Steve did not save the economy.
    Would we be recovering without any stimulus dollars and all resources on military?

    A fairer assessment would be that the coalition was formed for the purpose of political grandstanding without actually having to go through the formality of actual democratic process. That there were economic issues juxtaposed in time was just a convenience.

    We probably would be recovering without any stimulus dollars, or certainly a lot less stimulus dollars, and all resources on military. We were never as bad off as the USA by a long shot, and we’ve come back from worse recessions in my lifetime without an assload of panic spending.

    In fact, I think the stimulus spending will HURT the economy in the long run. We’ve now run up a huge deficit after years of surplus. People are going to bitch and moan if that spending is suddenly cut, even though it should be – if we didn’t need it before the recession we shouldn’t need it after. The opposition is going to whine and moan in Parliament about the deficit and when they eventually defeat the government, they’re going to blame it all on the Conservatives, conveniently forgetting that it was the opposition that championed it.

    The media are already starting to bitch about it. Like somehow the government could wave a magic wand an materialize billions of dollars in stimulus money from the ether… But to them, it’s a conservative plot.

  2. ck says:

    Are you all forgetting why that coalition was thrown together in the first place?

    Steve was in complete denial over the looming recession and as such he made an economic statement that he would not offer any stimulus but was going to increase military spending.

    the other G20 were putting together stimulus packages but not Steve.

    While the stimulus went on Con ridings mostly, and contrary to what the right slanted corporate media is saying: Steve did not save the economy.

    Would we be recovering without any stimulus dollars and all resources on military?

  3. ck says:

    That is probably why the NDP has been centering themselves lately; they want power.

    Believe me, it is more like the NDP would get into bed with Steve than with the Liberals.

    It almost happened; they, along with the Bloc were about to overthrow Paul Martin in 2005.

    Centrists voting in an increasingly visible socon party with heavy evangelical influences like Charles McVety is mind boggling to me.

  4. Ken says:

    Damn, Squid, you beat me to it.

    I was pretty much going to say the same thing: I’m opposed to Coalitions because the parties that form that coalition never ran on the idea of a coalition. The justification always seems to be “Well, we didn’t win on our own, so let’s gang up on the other guys”.

    I would bet that many NDP and Liberal supporters wouldn’t like the idea of a coalition if the two parties ran on the idea.

    And if the opposite is true, fair enough: next election I want to hear the Liberals and NDPs openly stating they will form a coalition if one or the other doesn’t win.

  5. As a person who opposed the coalition, I think it’s important to get the facts straight here…

    As I read (and felt it) the issue with the unholy coalition of left wings was not that it was a coalition, it’s that they were trying to action a coup d’etat.

    If the army of the left wants to stand an election where they openly and publicly state that in the event of a minority government situation they will form a coalition to create a majority situation, then that’s fine with me. All the cards will be on the table and people can make a fair decision. But that’s not what they did. They were talking about overthrowing the government using a parliamentary trick.

    I think this is VERY important because, with the threat of a lefty coalition, I’m not totally convinced the left-leaning parties would win as many seats as they do if they stood an election on the coalition platform. A lot of centrists would vote conservative just to ensure that the NDP didn’t come to power.

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