Politics, Canada, Coup D'tat 2 Comments
There is, as I write this, an attempt to overthrow our Canadian government. The 3 parties that lost in our October 13 election, the Liberals, the NDP, and the Bloc Québécois, are attempting to join in a "coalition" to defeat the party that which currently holds power, the Conservatives. The way our electoral system works, the party with the most seats in parliament, holds power and declares who the Prime Minister will be. This is all well and good, unless the winning party does not make up more than half of those seats. If you have the most seats, but that number is fewer than half of the seats in parliament (which equals 308), then you comprise a minority government. If you have the most seats and have more than half of those seats, then you comprise a majority government.
There are pro's and con's to each type of government. If the Liberals had been stuck with a minority government throughout their tenure in office, they probably would not have been able to pass the silly Firearms Act (Bill C-68), that currently exists. With the Conservatives currently in a minority position, they are not able to pass legislation they feel necessary for the country.
Politics: coup d'état
A quick and decisive seizure of governmental power by a strong military or political group. In contrast to a revolution, a coup d'état, or coup, does not involve a mass uprising. Rather, in the typical coup, a small group of politicians or generals arrests the incumbent leaders, seizes the national radio and television services, and proclaims itself in power. Coup d'état is French for “stroke of the state” or “blow to the government.”
Here's where the coup comes into play. 3 out of the 4 parties, currently in parliament have decided to join forces to overthrow the Conservatives and replace Prime Minister Harper with their own. This came just after the Conservatives introduced a bill which would have eliminated "welfare" for politicians. The welfare I speak of is the funding, provided to the political parties, which costs the taxpayers approximately $30 Million CAD per year. The bill would have removed this funding from the picture and forced the parties to find sponsors who actually believe in what the parties are selling, through private donations. That makes sense. The Liberals and NDP, being the money and power hungry parties that they are, fought back saying it wasn't fair and continued whining until the bill was pulled. The Conservatives seem to be trying to keep the voters from being forced into, yet another, election.
So, it falls like this:
- Conservatives introduce bill to save taxpayer's money by not spending it on political parties.
- Left wing parties realize they might actually have to get up and work for their money and start whining about how it's "not fair".
- In an effort to retain the confidence of the house and not for the citizens into another election, the Conservatives pull the bill to be considered at a later time.
- Left wing parties realize that the Conservatives are a threat to their source of power and money and decide to join forces to overthrow the elected government and gain power and control.
This hasn't gone unnoticed or without consequence, though, by the Canadian people. An Ipsos Reid survey found that 62% of Canadians were angry at the coalition for attempting to remove the Conservatives from power without an election. We did, after all, put the Conservatives into power, on a leash. The voters decided that they trusted the Conservatives a little more and gave them a little more power. The voters seem to still be a little iffy in giving any party a majority, though, after the long reign of Liberal majority corruption and free for all spending. The next election, depending on the Conservative's performance from October on, may have put them into a majority position. Last time the Liberals angered the Canadian people, they were dealt a crushing defeat. Seems like they're looking for another one.
Anyway, those are my thoughts on the situation. Feel free to post yours below!