Technically, of course, he’s correct. If the three opposition parties vote down the government on the coming budget, there’ll be an election. A government seriously wishing to forestall that possibility would be negotiating with one or two of the other parties to find common ground, as happens in other countries with proportional representation systems where minority governments are the norm.It is sad in 2011, that the obvious is having to be pointed out. Our electoral system doesn't work with more than two parties contesting elections. Many of us "out here" know that and would love to see it changed. However, there is an power lust among our political class that deludes our pols into believing that if their party can just play the right game, they will get all the power, unchecked by anyone. It is a sickness and it has all but destroyed our politics. Recommend this Post
In Canada, however, our parties still act as if majority governments are the norm. They haven’t developed the instincts of operating in minority situations, so they make demands on each other that can’t be met, posture endlessly and play brinkmanship electoral games.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Jeffrey Simpson flips the switch: