Thursday, June 03, 2010

Harper Has No Idea What A Coalition Is

In an attempt to reconcile the recent British election results and those actions taken by anti-coalition forces in Canada in 2008, Stephen Harper remarked, "Losers don't get to form coalitions," a statement which completely ignores the fact the new British coalition government has a losing party for one of its members.

At 10 Downing St, beside the new British Prime Minister David Cameron, Stephen Harper spoke on the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, "The verdict of public opinion was pretty clear. Losers don't get to form coalitions. Winners are the ones who form governments."

And though Harper's words would be justified if this British coalition, and all coalitions, were composed of only the winning party, logic seems to get in the way. No coalition can exist of only the winning party, that's then not a coalition. And if there is a coalition, due to the fact only one party can win, a coalition necessarily involves a losing party. In the British coalition, it wasn't even the least losing-iest party, Labour, that formed the coalition with the Conservatives, it was the Liberal Democrats who had one of their worst showings in years.

1 comment:

WesternGrit said...

Throughout Commonwealth Parliaments, there have been coaltions, and many of them have not involved the party with the most seats.

What do you do if the Cons have 100 seats, the Liberals 99, and the Dippers 78?

The FACT remains that in our system the MPs have the RIGHT to elect their own "leader in the House", or PM if you will. And.. NOTHING states that you have to talk to the "first place" party. Nothing. Nada. It is only for "appearances" that comments are made about "talking to so-and-so first".

Just like in the case of any vote in the House, the majority rules. It is the most simple of democratic principles.

But - Harper doesn't really like democracy does he? How else can a right wing, Prairie-centric religious fringe group - a small minority of Canadians - dictate to the rest of us how we should live our lives?

It's kind of pathetic, really, that the rest of us haven't stood up and decided to take back our government.