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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Liberal-NDP deal reached

Picture_9 CBC is reporting that the Liberals and NDP have reached a deal to form a coalition to topple the Conservative government.

Under the deal the NDP would get 25% of the seats, but not Deputy PM or Finance. The Bloc would not have any government positions.

The big question seems to be who would lead the coalition. It doesn't sound like anyone other than Stephane Dion (who "believes he has the right to be Prime Minister") has reached a conclusion as to who they think would be best. I've heard a few Dippers say in interviews that they'd be comfortable with Dion leading the coalition but I don't think I've heard any Liberals say the same.

Posted by Janet Neilson on November 30, 2008 | Permalink


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A dark day for democracy.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-30 9:08:57 PM

Unfortunately -- and I hate the NDP and the Bloc -- after the release of the NDP caucus tape, it had to be done.

Whatever the economics or the politics, Section 184 of the Criminal Code is quite clear. Prima facie something very fishy happened today, something that would really seem to threaten the integrity of our political system.

Posted by: nowan | 2008-11-30 9:16:08 PM

This is smart politics. If those assholes can stand each other for very long they will be in a good position to gain and keep power. The NDP has always been the brain-trust for future or diluted liberal policies so what they are doing is ending the vote split that has allowed Harper's liberal lite to govern. The Greens can still split the left somewhat and Harper can lean further left and dredge the sewers for liberal voters who don't like the video professor but that requires another election. What will the GG do?

Posted by: John Chittick | 2008-11-30 11:40:25 PM

A dark day for democracy.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 30-Nov-08 9:08:57 PM

Yes, these European savages, forming coalition Governments for almost half a century and just watch the Barbary. No Democracy in that place at all.

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2008-12-01 1:38:11 AM

A dark day for democracy.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 30-Nov-08 9:08:57 PM

Canada's a parliamentary democracy, which is not at all the same as a straight one. It's fine if you disagree with the whole system, but most seem to only disagree with it when it doesn't go the way they'd like it to.

Further, (and in spite of the fact that I think the only thing that this past election established was that Canadians overwhelmingly rejected the idea of Stephane Dion as PM) two groups representing more of the popular vote than the Conservatives forming government hardly seems like a dark day for democracy, but rather like a bright one. This is why democracy is the best of a bad lot, and not some higher ideal that ought to be defended at all times.

Posted by: Janet Neilson | 2008-12-01 6:40:59 AM

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