Intertwined with the global economic crisis, Harper used it to justify a measure that would financially crush his opponents, but really it was the lack of economic stimulus that was the last straw:
As if things weren't inflammatory enough, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty soaked his update with gasoline - fudging the deficit numbers, providing no economic stimulus and larding it with ideologically driven measures like scrapping pay equity and temporarily stripping public servants of the right to strike.Although the press likes to think it was the $1.95 per-vote subsidy that was the trigger, the idea of a coalition was driven by NDP Jack Layton. Considering that the NDP would be least effected of the opposition parties by the loss of subsidy in comparison to the Liberals, Bloc, and Greens, make no mistake, it was the direct attack on w omen's rights and workers' rights, and no economic stimulus for ordinary folk that drove Layton to find common ground and cause with the liberals and Bloc.
At least it got it right rather than the Harper spin:
All three opposition parties refused to support the update. Driven largely by NDP Leader Jack Layton, they immediately began backroom negotiations to defeat the government and replace it with a Liberal-NDP coalition, propped up by the separatist Bloc Quebecois.At least it woke up Canadians although it was surprising in their ignorance:
"After an apathetic decade or two, grassroots interest in politics was rekindled, even if it exposed yet again how little Canadians really know about the workings of their Parliament."Of course the new appointed Liberal Leader, Iggy hasn't written off the coalition and the tale continues:
With the denouement of the coalition saga yet to be written, it's conceivable that the No.1 news story of 2008 could top the charts again next year.I noted that in the last couple of days stories popping up about the legitmacy of the coalition government, and perhaps as we enter the new year, that Canadians will remain engaged.
No surprise that corporate backers of MSM and the moneyed/business elite hated the idea of the coalition government - it was so grassroots and representative of 62% of voters that it scared the crap out of them. Having too much democracy and power to the people might upset their apple cart ~ more so than the global economic crisis ~ as government coffers bail them out of their folly.
Anyway, it would be great if both the liberals and NDP got out in the New Year with promoting the coalition. This requires selling it. Considering that the Cons sent their winged monkeys out before Christmas with talking points for phone in shows and online comment section, I am sure that the Libs and NDP could fight back.