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Constitutional experts say coalition has legality, precedent

One thing the Conservatives have been trying to do is to try and paint the coalition pact as illegitimate: even going so far as to call it a “coup d’etat” and other such hyperbolic nonsense. This is done with an obvious eye toward the public and more specifically, toward the media in an attempt to influence what they say in their editorials that the public reads.

The coalition can however rebut such scream of “coups” with constitutional experts and folks who study political science as a profession. One such example is Professor Peter Russell, who Impolitical noted at her blog as having written an article in the Star this AM […]

Fill the Hill on Thursday, December 4th at noon.

From the Make Parliament Work website:

The Conservative government introduced an economic and fiscal statement last week that failed to provide economic relief for Canadians or any measures to get the economy back on track. Canadians need a government that shows leadership. The opposition parties are acting in a responsible manner. They are not going to force another costly and time-consuming election. Instead the Liberals and the NDP are planning to form a coalition government, with the support of the Bloc Qu├ębecois in the House of Commons, to get this Parliament to address the economic crisis in a way that benefits workers and their families. Let’s support a coalition […]

The Opposition Accord

I’ve taken the liberty of posting the entire accord on here, so people can see the specifics of what the NDP and Liberals agreed to as coalition partners and what the BQ agreed to in order to support the Coalition for a minimum of 18 months. (I’ve used the ” read more” tag, as its a rather long document):

An Accord on a Cooperative Government to Address the Present Economic Crisis

This document outlines the key understandings between the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party of Canada regarding a new cooperative government.


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