The Liberals need the Conservatives to lose 33 seats and themselves gain 33 seats just to draw even with the Harper government -- it's not going to happen, so consider other options.
The NDP should create a new politics rooted in a moral imperative, not in tactical maneuvering on home heating, and call for a coalition that could advance those values.
David J. Climenhaga
Australia's election result Saturday is one more nail in the coffin of the peculiar Canadian notion Parliamentary coalitions are "undemocratic."
It's not just that the Harper government is entering the realm of the ridiculous, but that the divided opposition can do little to threaten it despite commanding two-thirds of the Canadian electorate.
The PM and MPs are already posturing for the future of the Conservative Party, while Ignatieff ponders the eternal question 'To coalition or not to coalition?'
This is the last in a monumental, 10-part investigation into Prime Minister Stephen Harper's willingness to jettison Canada's democratic traditions.
The Liberals are still, inexplicably in my view, blocking a coalition. We have no time to lose if we are going to fight back against the attack on progressive Canadian values.
Recent comments by the Democratic Reform Minister indicate a rudimentary understanding of our democratic system.
Proroguing Parliament represses political debate on the rule of law, the honesty of government and the non-partisanship of our civil service. It's a kind of soul theft that will leave deep wounds.
Today, you say coalition and many Canadians shudder. But a day will come when they will merely shrug because, after all, it's only democratic and not to tremble over. There is a time and tide.