“Democracy teaches hard lessons" ”” Liberals crash and burn as NDP grab official Opposition, Ignatieff resigns hours later.
The federal election results are in, giving the Conservatives a majority in Parliament.
As opposition parties working to achieve consensus in the House of Commons are accused of being a coalition, and of being undemocratic, the very process of democracy itself has been painted as an unnecessary bother.
The Liberals sent Bob Rae, one of their biggest stars, to Saskatchewan in an effort to pry a few more Western ridings away from the Conservatives this election.
On March 25, Canada's 40th Parliament was dissolved as a result of a vote of non-confidence. The election, which will take place on May 2, will be the fourth in seven years and will surely cost $300 million and be a general waste of time.
Even before the official announcement of the election, Stephen Harper had been fear-mongering, dubbing an election “unnecessary” and labeling the possible coalition “reckless.”
Within hours of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's unveiling of the 2011 federal budget, opposition and lobby group leaders alike made it clear they were not in a position to support the government's financial proposals.
Michael Ignatieff is back — but for how long? And where the hell was he all this time?