And welcome, citizens, to day three of the Maple Syrup Revolution.
Chandra Crawford, Torino Olympics 2006
I hate to be a scold ("No, skdadl, you don't. You love it."), but I really wish that our team (people who believe in democracy) could stop propagating Conservative lies about how parliamentary democracy works.
Now hear this: Canadians do not vote for a leader, a party, a mandate, or a government. Canadians vote for an MP, a representative of teh people.
Privately, of course, Canadians could be thinking all kinds of things as they vote for that MP. Me, for instance -- I actually do vote by party, but I believe we know that most Canadians don't. Some people are impressed by leaders and vote that way, although that seems kind of Disneythink to me, and besides, given the current menu, it looks a distinctly unappetizing political standard.
Canada is not Hollywood; it is not Disneyworld; and it is not Washington. A majority of the people's representatives in the current Commons do not support the Harper government, and that is what counts, as in counting, as in numbers. There is nothing unprecedented or difficult about this situation -- it is the way that parliamentary democracy works, peeps.
Let's hear it for the coalition. (And could people please stop calling the Commons the House?)