Canada: BQ will back government

It is budget season in Canada. The minority Conservative government needs votes in parliament from outside the party to survive–a budget vote is a confidence vote. The Bloc Quebecois is on board, and their 51 seats plus the Conservatives’ 125 would be sufficient to pass the package, which includes tax cuts and a new child-care benefit–two of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s key campaign pledges.

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  1. This budget has few surprises. It seems that the Tories brought the BQ on board mostly by promising to address the “fiscal imbalance”, but they haven’t actually made any moves in that direction yet. The real test will come next year, when they’ll be expected to fulfill the promise.

  2. The Canadian media are noting Harper’s efforts “to come across as a firm and fatherly leader, one prime ministerial enough to deserve a majority in the next election.” Commentators often note that everything he does is geared to a bid for a majority government.

    This reminds students of Irish history of the approach of Eamon de Valera. First becoming prime minister in the election of 16 February 1932 with a minority government, he called an early election on 24 January 1933 and got a one-seat majority. At the next election on 1 July 1937 he got exactly half the seats, and formed a minority (?) government with Labour support. On 17 June 1938 he told the voters to get it right this time, and they finally gave him a decent majority. On 23 June 1943 he got three seats short of a majority. Once again he could not wait even a full year to tell the voters to get it right, and on 30 May 1944 he got his majority back.

    What is Stephen Harper’s top priority? “Accountability.” What is the principle characteristic of a minority government? It’s accountable to the elected MPs.

    Yet, after Canadians have elected two minority parliaments in eighteen months, he’s openly planning to take us back to the polls to get it right this time, after probably less than another 18 months. Why does the media seem to think this is normal and understandable?

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