Sunday, October 18, 2015

Minorities, coalitions and compromise, oh my!

So, if the latest polls are a predictor of the possible results of this federal election, which ever party wins the most seats may only form a minority government. I've heard a chorus of people who shudder at the thought. Personally, I welcome a minority government, so long as it does not result in another election for at least 2 years. Here's why.

Minority governments force parliament to do something that they have little practise doing these days. Cooperate. Compromise. Listen to other points of view and put forth legislation that almost everyone can agree on. Stop and read that last bit again. How can that be bad? It cannot. It's win - win. Of course, for this to happen, all politicians are going to have to let go of their egos. It also means that Canadians are going to have to get used to compromise as well. No longer would the ruling party (and its supporters) be able to dictate exactly how the country would operate, unopposed. There's a word that might have some meaning again, for a change. Opposition.

And that's a good thing.

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