Suppose the election results leave no party with an absolute majority in Parliament. The NDP has already said they will not work with the Conservatives. Given Liberal mis-steps on things like buying pipelines and First Nations issues, the NDP may not be able to work with them either. So that would result in a deadlocked Parliament, and another snap election right away.
Not so fast. There is a way out of that impasse. That would be for the Liberals and the Conservatives to join forces to govern. That is not as crazy as you would think. Remember that the business community goes back and forth between both parties. They should find agreement on tax cuts for the rich. More tax credits for lower and middle income Canadians would fit very well with the Conservative platform, and it would allow the Liberals to tell their supporters that they are looking out for them. Then there is the pipeline. Both parties support it. The Conservatives went into this campaign claiming to have a green plan. They could use that to bring along the Liberals, or the Liberals may even convinve the Conservatives to agree with some parts of it. This is especially the case if private capital is willing to invest in renewable energy. On First Nations, the Conservaties and Liberals may come to an agreement to "give local control" to these communities. The Liberals would frame this as giving voice to First Nations, and the Conservatives would ensure this is done in such a way as to effectively privatize aspects of First Nations governance. Speaking of privatization, would the Conservatives and Liberals shy away from encouraging infrastructure projects be funded with money from P3s? Oh, but the Liberals and Conservatives are apart on social issues? Not so fast. Sure, Conservative MPs did bring forth issues, but Harper and members of his Cabinet always voted against them. This government could allow for a free vote on these issues, while the Prime Minister insists that the Cabinet always votes against them. There would be enough MPs from both parties who would oblige. There are other issues as well. Remember Trudeau opening up the dairy market after Harper wouldn't touch it and the Conservatives voted against a leadership candidate advocating that?
Think this is impossible? Stranger things have happened.