Today this page conducts a Social Studies class for all the Conservative sock puppets screaming bloody murder about the prospect of a Liberal - New Democrat coalition government. The topic is Representative Democracy and the Parliamentary System.
Many of you are claiming that the Dion Septuplets (x 10) have no right to strike a deal with the Jack Pack because they're not the government Canadians elected for six weeks ago. Your claim is wrong: at no time do Canadians ever elect a government, we elect a Parliament, and in a minority situation, whatever working majority can be patched together from the rival parties will rule the day. The Canwest papers can claim, as they did in front page editorials last weekend, that voters rejected Stephane Dion, but the reality is that those voters went to the polls to elect a single MP. Canwest and other media outlets can blame themselves for their political coverage which focuses almost exclusively on the Party Leaders, which gives the public the false impression of direct election for Canada's Head of Government.
Members of Parliament are bound by the Constitution to act in the best interests of their constituents. It is in the best interests of constituents that MPs stand up to a government that since obtaining its fractional October mandate, has shown nothing but contempt for electoral reform, collective bargaining, and the needs of working Canadians who have been sideswiped by the seismic global economic shift. If that means sitting side by side with the Liberals for a couple of years, so be it. If that means taking a softer line with Quebec Sovereigntists for a while, so be it. A Party whose supporters who fundamentally hate Government should not be running our government, and it's time that this band of thugs be given a time out.