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Liberals will try to bring down government, form coalition

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Good. That is what should have happened after the election. While the Conservatives won more seats that they had before, and got more votes, they still did not have a majority. And because of the “first past the post” system the wishes of the majority of voters – who clearly did not want another Conservative government – were ignored.  (37.6% voted for the Conservatives versus 61.2% who voted for other parties) The first priority for the coalition – after producing the stimulus package that the Conservatives refused to provide – should be electoral reform.

Sorry, Michaëlle, your trip is going to be cut short. But it will be worth it.

Events are moving quickly. The opposition parties are in talks to form a progressive coalition government. We need to show them that Canadians support this. Canadians for a Progressive Coalition is a non-partisan grassroots organization that has organized a petition and organized phone calls to show our MPs that Canadians support a new kind of politics in Ottawa. Canadians from coast to coast have joined this movement.

We need you to act now. Check out our youtube video: Canadians for a Progressive Coalition.

Here’s what you can do:

1. If you haven’t already, please sign the petition. You can find it on our website or click here for a direct link.

2. Please spread the word by forwarding this email to everyone you know. Many Canadians do not understand what a coalition government is. They can learn more at our website,, and watch our video: Canadians for a Progressive Coalition. We have found that the more people know about a progressive coalition government the more they support it.

3. Please call or email your MP directly. They need to hear from their supporters to know that we want them to act.  If you haven’t already signed the petition, you can find your MP’s contact info by signing it.  Or, you can visit:

Finally, if you can spare any additional time we would love to hear from you.  Please read more at or send us an email at

Written by Stephen Rees

November 28, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Posted in politics

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  1. It’s quite a turn of events, and I’m pretty surprised that Harper bungled things so badly right from the start. Hearing his comments yesterday, I could almost hear him stomp his feet when he said that Dion has no right to assume leadership. You know someone is cornered when they claim that a rule of the game isn’t a rule.

    That being the case, I’m not very confident in a coalition that includes Jack “I’m running for Prime Minister” Layton, who along with Paul Martin, owns most of the blame for the leadership mess we’ve had for the last few years. I don’t think we’ll have stable or good government anytime soon.

    Todd Sieling

    November 29, 2008 at 10:54 am

  2. It is clear that Stephen Harper does not understand the fundamentals of a parliamentary democracy. If Stephen Harper cannot get a majority in a confidence vote, then the Leader of the Opposition has every right to go to the Queen’s representative and request that he be allowed to form a coalition. Michaelle Jean does not have to consent to an election is there is an alternative government that can command a majority. The precedents are clear and go back for centuries.

    Stephen Rees

    November 29, 2008 at 11:07 am

  3. Nancy Zimmerman has pointed (on twitter) to an opinion piece by Jeffrey Simpson that, as she says, “nails it”.

    Stephen Rees

    November 29, 2008 at 11:36 am

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