July 19, 2024
We believe a traditional minority parliament in the wake of the 2021 federal election would have been healthier for Canadian democracy.

Liberal-NDP deal bad for democracy

Ever since March 22, 2022, Canadians have known that no matter how far down the rabbit hole popular support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government goes, there won’t be a federal election until sometime after June 2025.

By contrast, given the average life of a minority government in Canada is less than two years, the current Liberal government, elected on Sept. 20, 2021, would normally be a distant memory by now.

There would already have been another election, perhaps in the fall of 2023, at which time polls showed Pierre Poilievre and the Conservatives were leading the Liberals by double digits in popular support, as they continue to do today.

The reason there has been no election, as Canadians well know, is the supply-and-confidence motion Trudeau agreed to in March 2022 with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

What it means is that an unpopular Liberal government, supported by an unpopular fourth-placed opposition party, are politically joined at the hip.

It also means that, for the sake of their joint political survival, they are preventing an election that, according to the polls, would result in a majority Conservative government being elected to power.

We aren’t suggesting the Liberal-NDP deal is unconstitutional, nor is it unprecedented in Canada.

We are suggesting that it is defying the popular will of Canadians for a new government.

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