Right from the get-go, I knew that this “coalition” business would poison the well of discourse in the present election… But if nothing else good comes out of this vapid, snooze-inducing exercise, perhaps a few more Canadian citizens will have learned something about the way their parliament works – or, at least, how it always was intended to function. And that would be a good thing.
Here, Michael Ignatieff does a commendable job of rebuffing the twisted logic of Stephen Harper and his supporters that a minority government would give him the absolute and unimpeachable right to behave as if he had a clear majority and that any challenge to this deeply flawed premise is somehow “undemocratic.”
I could be wrong, but I suspect the reason this issue has reared its head again is because the media is by now weary (not that I can blame them) with dutifully reporting the endless repetition of visionless stump speeches dealing with small-bore issues and disappointed that the polls haven’t been jumping around sufficiently for them to breathlessly report on the sporting aspect of the election. Understandably, they would much rather escape the phenomenally dull reality of an inane campaign in order to re-engage in the familiar and more mentally stimulating activity of hypothetical speculation (aka “fiction”).