Are we better off with a Conservative minority instead of a Liberal minority?

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Are we better off with a Conservative minority instead of a Liberal minority?

Assuming the NDP can't form government, would we be in a better scenario if the Conservatives retained a minority government and thus forcing the opposition parties to form a coaltion? This scenario would allow the NDP to possibly implement parts of it's platform like national childcare (albiet, a neutered version).

A Liberal minority in theory would be better, but would largely maintain the status quo and wouldn't have to listen to the NDP on issues like raising the corporate tax rate to fund social programs or actually commiting to GHG emission reduction targets. The pressure would be on the Liberals to actually live up to their promsies for a change and possibly some of the NDP's. 

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clambake wrote:

Assuming the NDP can't form government, would we be in a better scenario if the Conservatives retained a minority government and thus forcing the opposition parties to form a coaltion? This scenario would allow the NDP to possibly implement parts of it's platform like national childcare (albiet, a neutered version).

A Liberal minority in theory would be better, but would largely maintain the status quo and wouldn't have to listen to the NDP on issues like raising the corporate tax rate to fund social programs or actually commiting to GHG emission reduction targets. The pressure would be on the Liberals to actually live up to their promsies for a change and possibly some of the NDP's. 

I used to think that way. But after getting a load of a Liberal/NDP government in Ontario, and doing a little digging into history, I came to conclusion that minority governments in Canada are a disgusting joke. Nothing more than an election gone into overtime.

It typically goes like this: the Liberals get a bump in the polls from implementing NDP policy. Then they orchestrate the demise of their own government and win a fake majority government.

Event Pearson did this, when him and Douglas created the social safety net in the 1960s. He got a lot of work done trying to buy a majority. But failed.

In democratic countries, multi-party majority governments typically serve out the entire term without drama. But since we have a horse race instead of a democracy, we get nothing but corrupt scheming government that never changes.