It is official, the Stephen Harper government has lost the confidence of the House of Commons; 156 members of the House voted non-confidence whereas 145 voted that they still have confidence in the Harper Conservatives. As a result of the non-confidence vote, Stephen Harper is going to visit the Governor-General and ask him to dissolve the 40th parliament so that there can be a general election.
Even before the dissolution of this parliament the framing of the election had begun in earnest; “Unfortunately Mr. Ignatieff and his coalition partners in the NDP and Bloc Quebecois made abundently clear that they had already decided that they wanted to force an election…” was how Harper began to frame the fall of his government.
The word “coalition” is being thrown around like it is a four letter word. The reality is that since October 2008 Stephen Harper has been holding government through forming coalitions on a regular basis.
The Conservatives have 143 of a total of 308 seats. The Liberals have 77, the Bloc have 49 and the New Democrats have 37.
The Liberals, Bloc and New Democrats together have 163 seats. Compare that to the 143 seats the Cons hold. Obviously, seeing as the Cons have been in power since October 2008, they must have formed some form of a coalition.
The nature of any minority parliament that works is that it is based on cooperation and working together in order to govern most effectively. A minority parliament requires the party with the most seats, in this case the Cons, to collaborate and cooperate with the other parties. This has been happening since October 2008.
It is disingenuous for the Cons to now be fear-mongering about the possibility of another minority parliament with another coalition government. You can bet dollars for doughnuts that if they are in a minority position following the coming election they will be looking for dance partners so that they can hold onto the reins of power. You can count on that.