I see the responses pretty much broke on political lines, Cons said that GG should call another election; Libs said that GG should tell Harper to take a hike. Well, let me say what GG should do and what I think GG would do.
First, proroguing the Parliament is a bad idea. Does anybody know when Harper is obliged to call another session of the Parliament if it is prorogued? Is it within 3 months? 6 months? One year? How long is he allowed to govern without the support of the Parliament?
Even if Parliament is prorogued for two moths (till end of January), that means that Harper will be governing for two months with no support in the Parliament, in effect we will have a dictator for two months.
What GG should do is adjourn the Parliament for say two weeks, on the clear understanding that the first business of the Parliament will be a no confidence motion. That will give time for passions to cool down. It will also test the coalition. Was it put together in a moment of passion, in a fit of rage, or are they serious about governing? It will also give the coalition the time to flesh out their agenda, their cabinet etc. Coalition will be able to consolidate their position and will be all the stronger in two weeks’ time.
On the other hand, if coalition partners cannot even get along for two weeks, how are they going to govern for year and a half? Since Harper will be governing without the support of the Parliament, we will in effect have a dictator for two weeks, but that is only for a short time.
When after Parliament meets in two weeks’ time and Harper is defeated, GG then should give the coalition a chance to form the government.
This is what I think GG should do. Probably what she will do is grant Harper his request for prorogation. That will mean that Parliament will be shut down for two months (I only hope it is for two months, and not one year). After that when Harper is defeated, GG probably will give coalition an opportunity to form a government.