Are you trying to tell me you vote for your local MP based on his character without any consideration given to the party he represents or the Prime Minister that will be elected? Really?
You can vote for your local MP based on whatever criteria that you personally deem fit.
But that does not alter the fact that when he gets into the House of Commons, a majority of his colleagues must have confidence in the government and prime minister of the day. And if a majority of them do not, then somebody else can stand up and say "I CAN get such a confidence from the elected members".... and if he does, he can try to govern.
You guys keep trying to make the point that "Canadians Elected Harper to Govern".
Canadians did no such thing. They elected a BUNCH of members to parliament from a number of different parties. The Leader of the party with the most members was the most likely to get the confidence of the house, obviously, so he became Prime Minister.
Part of "retaining confidence" means implementing policies that others can support. Failing to do so lost the confidence of the majority, and hence you are no longer prime minister. Straight-forward.
Icebound also said:
Whether this particular coalition is a "good idea" or not, is not relevant.
Which is why this country is so screwed unless somebody starts thinking it is relevant. Fortunately for us the GG did.
This country is not as screwed as you make it out.
This country will be a lot more screwed if we hide from democratic votes, and give up democratic tradition for despotic efficiency
Democracy is all about compromise, and rights of minorities, and everybody getting a voice. All of that creates bedlam, but this is how democracy works.
Democracy is NOT about destroying your opposition, suppressing dissenting views, twisting or hiding the truth.
There seems to be a lot of sympathy for despotic efficiency in these threads... you do not have to go too far into the recent past to see how "efficient" government worked for the people of the USSR, for certain segments of the European population, and for some other parts of the world.
Actually, perhaps Harper is a kindler, gentler soul than I personally believe. I am extremely surprised that he would not let the coalition govern. Had it tried, everybody seems to be in agreement that it would have quickly self-destructed. The ensuing election should have been a landslide.
Or are we actually afraid that the majority of Canadians will come around to support the "coalition"????