Canadian government heading towards collapse?

OTTAWA: The minority government of Canada teetered on the edge of collapse Friday, just six weeks after its re-election, as opposition parties discussed the formation of a coalition to replace the governing Conservatives.

The three opposition parties – the Liberals, New Democrats and Bloc Québécois – said the move had been prompted by a fiscal update presented Thursday by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. The update did not contain needed stimulus for an economy hit by the global crisis, they said.

If neither side backs down in the confrontation, the government will probably fall, perhaps as early as Monday, and Canada would either head into a snap election or into some sort of coalition led by the Liberals.

To form a coalition they would need to defeat the ruling Conservatives and then persuade the governor general, who represents Canada’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth, that they could govern together despite their differences.

To make matters more complicated, the Liberals and the New Democrats – who together have only 114 of the 308 seats in the House of Commons – would be unlikely to create a formal coalition with the separatist Bloc.

If it wasn’t for the fact that they’re creating so much hype, and perhaps backing themselves into a corner,” said Steve Patten, a political scientist at the University of Alberta, “I would just say the hurdles are too big.”

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~ by spyaokid on November 28, 2008.

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