04
Dec
08

Canadian political crisis

The normally tedious world of Canadian politics actually has something sort of exciting going on. A coalition of runner-up parties is attempting to toss out the minority ruling party because they’re preceived as having come up with a crappy plan to weather the global economic crisis.

For more info, try this CBC article written for Americans.

Stephane Dion and Stephen Harper

Stephane Dion and Stephen Harper

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2 Responses to “Canadian political crisis”


  1. December 4, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    It wasn’t just the crappy economic plan. In fact, the popular opinion is that the economic plan wasn’t even the biggest driver. Publicly, maybe, but not really. It was the move to scrap government funding for parties based on the number of votes they get. After the Tories pulled back on that, it was too late…the coalition idea had momentum.

    Joey DeVilla did an excellent job of summing everything up in six bullet points. There’s a link in there to more detail if you want it.

    Anyway, the Prime Minister this morning convinced the Governor General to dissolve the parliament, and it’s been prorogued (a word not many people knew before Sunday), thus avoiding (or perhaps just delaying?) his defeat. The general populace does not seem terribly happy about that move, as it felt very undemocratic.

  2. December 5, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    I knew that the scrapping of funding was an undercurrent reason, but wasn’t sure how strong it was. It sounds like it really was the “real” reason. And it makes sense, since only the big parties likely get lots of fund-raising money, and wealthy people are probably more likely to be Conservative.

    It sounds like there’s lots of strictly democratic actions being taken that feel, to much of the public, like antidemocratic actions: chucking out the ruling party, dissolving parliament, etc. What fun! For us observers, anyway. Good luck with actually getting anything done.


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