Sunday, March 27, 2011

The coalition progression

It's a great sign that the NDP and the Bloc are both making clear that Stephen Harper was downright eager to become Prime Minister as leader of Canada's second-place party in 2004 if he could arrange to remove the sitting government from power.

But as the campaign wears on, the more important message on the coalition question will be to make clear that it's not just legitimate but outright desirable to reflect the will of as many voters and MPs as possible in a sitting government. And hopefully we'll see the focus shift from why Harper can't be trusted in evaluating when cooperation is legitimate, to why the parties willing to work together should be.

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