Re: Don't let political, economic upheaval cloud hope for future, GG tells CanadiansDec 29th, 2008
Depends on your interpretation of the numbers. Unless math has changed significantly since I went to school the cons got over 20% more votes than the Libs and double the NDP. So clearly more people voted for the cons than any other party. Then there are the 40% or so that are so happy with Harper that they didn't even bother to vote.
But to the first part, yes more people voted for the Cons then any other party, but if all of the other parties are willing to work together and merge into a coalition as they are democratically allowed to do, then it doesn't matter how many votes the Cons got, because now the situation has changed so that now they're the minority. And quite honestly, if the roles were reversed and the Conservatives wished to form a coalition with other parties, I'd be all for it too..... because more people are being represented in a coalition, therefore a more accurate government.
And to the second part of the above: in regards to those who didn't vote and your claims that they're happy with Harper and the Conservatives..... that's not only an empty statement, but it's also false, since many who have been interviewed or asked why they didn't vote claimed they didn't like any of the parties available for voting...... so those who didn't vote are null and void as they didn't vote for any party, period.
Nobody knew who would win the election, so your assumption is flawed.
Now if the Libs and the NDP were to desolve them selves and form one new party I would say they were in the majority.
This is rather unlikely to happen and a coalition of the kind they were proposing is unlikely to have any better success at governing than Harper has for four years. Perhaps we should just fire all of them since all seem more interested in power than in looking after taxpayers interests.