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November 29, 2008

Harper tries to delay Coalition Government

CANADA - The minority Conservatives in bed with the NDP? Not a chance. The Liberals won't make a deal either. Indeed Harper's minority government doesn't have any allies. Even the BQ hates him.

His days are numbered and he knows it. Stephen Harper is scrambling to try and stay in power as the Liberals, NDP and Bloc acknowledged yesterday they are seeking to form a Coalition Accord government that will help the Canadian economy in comparison to Harper's "do-nothing" approach.

Harper has delayed a non-confidence vote until December 8th, but it only gives the opposition more time to decide on their leadership and the primary goals of their combined parties. At present all of the opposition parties oppose Harper's economic update and budgetary changes which would do nothing to stimulate the economy but would only cutback on government spending.

Harper has called the Coalition Accord government "undemocratic", but this is not only wrong it is misleading. Having a coalition government is actually MORE democratic because it represents more votes from Canadians. Harper's Conservative government received only 37% of the popular vote. That means 63% voted against him.

The Liberals/Greens/NDP together (which really should unite into one party) got 51.2% of the popular vote. The BQ got 10%. Approx. 2% voted independent.

What is NOT democratic is electing a leader like Stephen Harper who bullies his way into parliament, tries to force through legislation 63% of Canadians disagree with and then has the balls to turn around and claim he's behaving in the interest of the majority of Canadians.

Plus voter turnout was only 59.1%!!! That means the percentage of Canadian voters who voted for him was technically only 21.8%. 37.2% voted against Stephen Harper and 40.9% DID NOT EVEN VOTE!

That doesn't at all spell confidence in Stephen Harper's government. In fact it says the opposite. It says roughly four out of five Canadians don't like Stephen Harper.

SPECIAL NOTE: We sent an Open Letter to Stephane Dion, Gilles Duceppe, Elizabeth May and Jack Layton back on October 5th advising them to form a coalition government. We even CC'd it to The Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. Evidently the leaders either read our idea and liked it, or they were thinking the same thing already.

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