Neither Minnie or Micky, nor even the three little pigs can seem to find any sort of solace with the current affairs of le Government du Canada. I am sure that not even in their wildest fairy tale dreams could any of the key combatants have imagined what has taken place within this past week.
Stephen Harper has grown into a rather seasoned politician having spent the past 2 years honing his Prime Ministerial skills as the commander in chief within a minority government. Harper has had many successes within that government, and many would say that the other three parties helped keep him on track, and helped him to lead; in fact, helped the democratic process in general. In September of 2008, with 6 weeks’ notice, he decided to call an election. The economy had already showed many signs of fading, yet he thought it worthy at that time to spend another 200 million dollars to repeat similar election outcomes and results. Did he call the election to pre-empt the American election, or to pre-empt a new leadership race by the Liberals? No one is certain, yet we all can probably agree that it was not sound politics, and it was one of his first big slip ups.
The second, third and fourth slip-ups came during the initial sitting of the 40th Parliament, 1st Session, as the newly elected minority Conservative government welcomed the new members into the house, and promptly threatened to remove political party funding, to review equal pay equity legislation for women, and to impose a ban on strikes in Canada. While the rest of the country waited for news on how Canada was going to deal with the global financial crisis, Stephen Harper chose to focus on these three things.
What’s more interesting is that once he knew that he had raised the ire of the majority of the House of Commons, he did nothing to retreat. How many mulligans does a Prime Minister get? The house had no option but to lay down a non-confidence vote. Harper was not a majority government and could not, and would not, steam roll the other two thirds of the house.
Now we are left with a prospective coalition government, made up of the wildest of characters, some who are not happy being in Canada, let alone Ottawa, but we have to make due. Harper chose to ignore consensus, and now it is imperative that the coalition does not do the same, or this could digress into an all out coup.