A coalition government made up of the three opposition parties who received 62% of the vote, with added counsel from the Greens, is perfectly legal and democratic.
The popular vote shows who Canadian voters actually gave their vote to. When the Conservative minority government, who only received 37% of the vote, do not have the confidence of the House, it is perfectly clear that the opposing parties with 62% of the vote and a wish to govern, must be allowed to do so. This is quite clear.
Stephen Harper’s claim of having received a mandate by the people to govern is utterly false. The Conservative vote went down by over 165,000 and what they received is support to form a minority government, and no more, while keeping the confidence of the House. He has proven unable to do this.
Negotiations are a part of every family. I do not know of any family member who gets exactly what they want, when they want, without negotiating. If such is the case in families, why would it not be the case respecting elected officials? It is a coalition government, not another election, that must be approved.
|— Sharon Howarth on 2009 Jan 10|
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