November 29, 2008

How to make a Coalition Government

CANADA - The last time Canada had an Coalition Accord government was 1985 when the NDP and Liberals made an Accord government. So how do we make another?

The Liberals have already completed step one by making a motion of non-confidence:
"In light of the government's failure to recognize the seriousness of Canada's economic situation and its failure in particular to present any credible plan to stimulate the Canadian economy and to help workers and businesses in hard-pressed sectors such as manufacturing, the automotive industry and forestry, this House has lost confidence in this government and is of the opinion that a viable alternative government can be formed within the present House of Commons."

Stephen Harper's Conservatives must lose a confidence motion scheduled for December 8th that is regarded as a test of confidence in Harper's minority government. At present Harper's lack of an economic plan has united the opposition parties in saying that the Conservatives are not prepared to lead Canada.

If the motion is lost, Harper would then see Governor General Michaëlle Jean, who could refuse a request for a new election. We already had one a month ago and it would be a complete waste to have another so soon.

Michaëlle Jean would then have to decide whether a Liberal-NDP-Bloc coalition, could form a workable government for a reasonable time. If the three parties can get their act in gear between now and December 8th it could just happen.

The three parties would then have to choose a leader. Stephane Dion has already agreed to step down as Liberal leader, so Bob Rae might become leader. Its also possible Jack Layton might challenge Bob Rae to a leadership race. Bob Rae is considered the leading contender, since he used to be the NDP Premier of Ontario during a tough recession and that experience would certainly help him.

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