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TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016
originally published December 2, 2008

The punchline? They form a viable coalition government. The seasoned barkeep drops a beer stein on his foot. And the country waits with mouths agape.

I long for school on a regular basis. I miss classes and discussions at my alma matter, the University of Toronto. The joy of listening to Professors like Lippincott and Fischer lecture enthusiastically and provide insightful commentary about the day's political events, particularly when something would prompt them to rave on about the absurdity of it all. Now I have Jon Stewart, but he can't see me when I raise my hand. Even in high definition.

Never have I missed school more than these past three months, watching the tornado of activity in the political and economic spheres of Canada and the U.S.. An idolized American President-elect whose rise to the White House was forecast by West Wing writers two years ago? An economic downturn so unsteady that even the Prime Minister can get fired? Jeez, I'd even put up with an adult student in my tutorial to discuss this shit.

The recent movement towards a coalition government in Ottawa has sent the Canadian politicos into a tizzy. I'm shocked that this has snowballed into reality, though you have to admit Harper was asking for it. Flaherty's "economic statement" inflamed the opposition parties with controversial partisan measures and no means of economic reprieve.

Stephen Harper, meet Britney Spears: "I look back and go, what tha hell was I thinkin'?"
Have some cheese grits. It'll be ok.

My mixed feelings regarding the choices made by the political power players are summed up brilliantly in yesterday's Globe and Mail editorial, which I've posted below. The question of leadership and the scattered nature of the Liberal party right now are the biggest strikes against this coalition; of course, there is also the minor concern of a Napoleonic vive la revolution! orchestrated by Duceppe and his pitchfork and fire-wielding village mob (they will also be singing "Kill the Beast" and be led by Gaston).

The coalition may not be the best thing for the country but it is certainly not undemocratic, or unconstitutional. I remind my opining friends that the parliamentary system is a form of government that allows for this process. More importantly, every seat holder in the Commons was elected to be there by the people. We did not specifically choose the Conservative party to lead, nor did we specifically choose Stephen Harper to be the Prime Minister. Combined, the Liberals and the NDP received more of the popular vote than the minority Conservatives. Combined, then, does this not make them the most democratically elected group to run the House?

Flawed logic, I know (the platform of a coalition government is an article in itself) but the basis of the question is worth considering.

In the meantime, I think I may become a Globe subscriber. And by subscriber I mean read it online for free during company time.

Globe & Mail - An Absence of Leadership
Comments

Hogan

Hogan

Where was this first published? Just out of curiosity. I enjoy details.

Nicely written, by the way.
REPLIES: Kate

Kate

KATE

Replying to Hogan:
Erm...by published I really just mean posted, and by posted I mean on Facebook. Alishah asked me to post it here, and I was hoping to excuse it for being rather dated at this point. I feel kind of silly now - lets pretend it was published in a niche political magazine that is impossible to find and therefore won't bother naming.

Glad you liked it :)



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