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Trudeau wanted to give Canadians coalitions — he may yet do so!
It’s taken just four short years of Liberal government to put us in this position. Trudeau has spent most of the campaign railing against Stephen Harper and Doug Ford. But they didn’t create this mess. He did.
It’s taken just four short years of Liberal government to put us in this position. Trudeau has spent most of the campaign railing against Stephen Harper and Doug Ford. But they didn’t create this mess. He did.

The Great Almighty — whatever name you might wish to give him or her — obviously likes a joke. With less than a week to go before election day, Canadian voters appear to be the butt of one.

The punchline is “coalition government.” Har har har. Get it?

One of the bigger promises Liberal leader Justin Trudeau broke after winning the 2015 election was his pledge to introduce electoral reform. Out would go first-past-the-post, in would come something else. No one was entirely sure what that “something else” would entail, but the goal was for a government that more closely reflected the eventual vote count. Some sort of coalition, the character of which could never be predicted until all the percentages were clear, the tradeoffs made and the deals finalized.

In the event, too few Canadians showed any enthusiasm for the options (especially not the one favoured by Trudeau) to give the plan any traction. So the Liberals abandoned it.

So what do we get instead? If the polls running into the final heated days before next Monday are remotely accurate, the answer is a great deal of uncertainty. And perhaps — hold your guffaws — a coalition government.

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See Also:

(1) Pipeline will complicate any discussion on a coalition, informal or otherwise, with the NDP

(2) Elizabeth May has a disastrous plan — and an outside shot at implementing it

(3) Trudeau pandering for the sympathy vote?

(4) Singh distances himself from coalition talk as campaign enters final week

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BTDT
BTDT
October 16, 2019 4:22 pm

Canada. With so much at stake and yet such a f’ing boring election. Do we work hard at finding such uninspiring candidates to lead our nation or does it just come natural? What a bunch of clowns. All of them. What a choice, Vote for the least worst. Oh Canada, nobody stand on guard for thee.