Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Guy Giorno's BIG LIE: Another Tory minority in 2011 could stop coalition just like in 2008...

Yes, it looks like a big theme in the upcoming Tory election campaign will be: vote Tory and give us a majority because otherwise the opposition parties will form a coalition with the Bloc Quebecois and the country will go to hell...yada yada yada...

If this logic were true, we'd have a coalition government right now. But we don't. Why not? Because Stephen Harper, as leader of a minority Conservative government in 2008 faced with possible defeat to a coalition, prorogued Parliament. The move killed the coalition in its tracks.

If it worked in 2008, why wouldn't Harper just shut down Parliament again this year should he win another minority in the upcoming election and be faced with this 'inevitable' coalition?

And more importantly, why aren't more reporters asking the Tories this question today? When will the media do their jobs and ask these Tories these tough questions before they continue to spin this bunk?

6 comments:

Lorne said...

The Tory 'narrative' is getting pretty old and predictable. Perhaps they actually need some real ideas for a change.

JF said...

Snore. If their best talking points while waiting for the starter gun are "Unnessicary Election" and "Eeeeeeevil Coalition" then consider me optimistic on the election result prospects. Tired old talking points from a tired old regime.

Backseat Blogger said...

sweet zombie jeebus.

are you that ignorant of how a parliamentary system works?

a coalition can only be formed early in the life of a parliament. (generally up to six months) after that the PM of the day gets the choice of resigning or calling an election.

and the crown must be certain that a coalition would be stable. thus any coalition would have to have a pretty rock solid coalition agreement in place to convince the monarch of such stability.

Matt Guerin said...

Thanks, backseat, for the insult. I consider it a compliment considering your ignorant analysis.

There are no rules, as you state them. But generally speaking, yes if the party in government loses confidence early in the Parliament, the GG will likely ask the second party to try to form a government. It depends on the makeup of the house and the amount of time since the election. No coalition government would have to be rock solid as you put it. In fact, the new government would only need to demonstrate it has the confidence of the House. We do have minority governments in the commonwealth, after all. If no government can be found that has the confidence of the House, convention dictates the parliament is dissolved and an election is called.

Okay, stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

The Dude said...

Harepr has had is way too easy with the media. If the new GG has the balls that he appears to have, even if Harper won a minority and prorogued the house, a coalition could still form right after

Eric said...

The 'big lie', IMO, is that the 08/09 prorogation killed the coalition. In fact, that recess offered the perfect opportunity for a change in govt: the opposition parties could have voted against the subsequent throne speech. But, the LP chose to pursue an internal coup and change of leadership instead of offering a govt in waiting.