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Saturday, November 29

Canadian Political Unrest - A Coalition Government?



Above is the Canadian flag. It was officially inaugurated on February 15, 1965. Our country has always elected its government at the polls, but now it seems that there is political unrest in our country.

Though I don't usually blog about political issues, this needs to be brought to the attention of Canadians. In early October of this year, we went to the polls to vote for a federal government. Steven Harper maintained his position as Prime Minister and a minority Conservative (Tory) government was formed.

Now, just six weeks later, the opposition parties have banded together and want to form a Coalition government. Why? Because yesterday's economic statement by Conservative Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, wasn't to their liking.

In his economic statment, Mr. Flaherty stated there would be an end to public financing of political parties. The opposition feels, or so they say, that the Conservatives have failed to offer economic stimulus. The meeting of Liberal Members of Parliament met behind closed doors on Thursday night to make plans to topple the current government that Canadian people elected just six short weeks ago. The leader of the coalition government would be none other than Stephen Dion, whom the Canadian people rejected in October by the largest margin since Confederation in 1867.

A coalition government includes members of different political parties. It usually only takes place in times of crisis, such as a political breakdown or war. At the federal level of government, Canada has had only one coalition government in its history. It occured in 1917 when Sir Robert Borden formed the Union Government near the end of WWI. That government was only in power for one year.

In order for the opposition parties to form a coalition government, it must be approved by Governor General Michaelle Jean. She is in Europe at the present time but is being kept up to date on what is happening. If she decides to dissapprove of the steps being taken by the opposition parties, a federal election must be called. I hope this woman has her wits about her and denies approval of a coalition government for Canada.

Though the Conservatives (Tories) are not my favorite political party, I must give credit to Prime Minister Steven Harper for doing his best to keep Canada's economy flowing. In my opinion, Stephen Dion, leader of the Liberals, is not pleased that he was defeated during October's election and that he is trying to become Prime Minister using any method he can. It is also my opinion that the opposition parties are furious because Prime Minister Harper put an end to public financing of political parties. The Liberals were caught in a scandal during their last term and billions of dollars were funneled to places where it shouldn't have gone. Could this be the motive of Mr. Dion? I can't say, but things look mightly suspicious.

Canadians need to band together to prevent a coalition government in this case, as there is no political breakdown or war that brings the necessity to overpower our current government. This is a ploy, in my opinion, by the Liberals, Stephen Dion and the opposition parties to form a government that is not elected by the people. Though an election would cost approximately 3 billion to taxpayers, it is a lot better than losing our voice and our priviledge to vote.

What Mr. Dion and the opposition parties are attempting should send a strong message to Canadian voters. Please phone or write your Member of Parliament to protest this take-down.

If you would like to view a list of the Members of Parliament for Canada, please click HERE.

44 comments:

  1. I`m not following politics very carefully these days, so this is news to me, and I`m not sure what I think. But it seems to me that if a government is defeated and someone else can form a government that it`s legitimate. (Not that I really know what I`m talking about, but it sounds vaguely familiar to me.)

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  2. Wow - this is really surprising to me. I agree with your position from what you have written. I'll be listening for more in the news.

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  3. As I don't live in Canada, I will have no comment, but if you're concerned about this... I'm concerned about you, so I care!

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  4. I do think the Conservatives acted arrogantly when they removed public funding from political parties in a way that hurt the other parties more than themselves. Now they are back-pedalling furiously. We just had an unnecessary election and there should be a big public outcry if another is planned in the near future. A coalition government would be better than an election. The left wing is too fragmented anyway.

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  5. Amazing to hear this. I always thought your nation was so stable. I am appalled to read this corruption and battle of wits for the good of just certain people. It just amazes me that politicians can think only of themselves for a higher position in government and not give a twit about the commoners.

    Keep us posted!!!

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  6. Perhaps this opposition will cause the current government to become even stronger. Thanks for encouraging other Canadians with your post today. It is good to get that word out I believe. I had no idea that was going on up there.

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  7. Mary I applaude you for writing this
    important political statement. I don't care for Dion nor his party and I certainly don't want to see another election which is costly. I see a stimulas pkge. being added ina month or so.In our last election
    I think only some 59% of Canadians VOTED!! How sad is that..sure hope Canadians are paying attention to what is happening. Great post Mary!

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  8. We try to follow Canadian politics and this was a great lesson to clear up some of my questions. Thank you for sharing such an outline.

    Oh, and I absolutely love your Christmas blog look.

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  9. Politics..I have never really understood!! We hear so much here that I am sick to death of it all..Stand up for what you think is right...

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  10. I am not familiar with Canadian politics either, but I do know there is political unrest everywhere. I'm praying!

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  11. I'm surprised to learn of this distressing issue. It seems such issues are prevalent all over the world.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  12. Mary, when I first heard of this happening I was flabbergasted. I agree with your position and feel that most Canadians do as well.

    Stephan Dion is a total washout as was proven at the last election and should back off. This whole thing has got me crazy!!!!

    God bless.

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  13. Ooops forgot to say that I will be speaking to my member of parliment after Mass tomorrow. We attend the same church. Bet he will have lots of us talking to him.

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  14. Politics is politics, no matter where it is!

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  15. I don't understand how the political system really works in Canada...(although there was a moment I was almost ready to move up there when Obama was elected!)
    But I see now that there is political unrest everywhere...
    I'm curious...by "conservative party" in Canada, is that similar in beliefs to conservatives in the U.S.?
    Anyway, saying a prayer for Canada...

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  16. Mary-sounds like a complicated mess for sure. I'm glad you're making people aware of the issues.

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  17. Mary,

    I don't live in Canada so I don't feel that I have a right to say anything - but I think it is good that you are talking about this issue.

    Keep us posted so that we can follow along - in the future it might end up being an important historical event.

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  18. Well said, Mary! When I first heard of this on the news, I saw red...I guess what they're saying is that our votes aren't worth much if they want to take down the Prime Minister WE voted for!! It does indeed smell of hypocrisy...they don't like the fact that we the public will no longer be financing the political parties. I'm not crazy about Harper but I sure prefer him to Stephen Dion!!! I really can't get over all this is happening...UGH! xoxo

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