Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Day After

While many pundits, including party advocates, are stating that the Tories will be able to govern for a while as none of the other parties want an election any time soon, I believe they are overlooking something crucial. Any of the three opposition parties can break the government. In the previous sitting, it required all three opposition parties to bring down the government. The Liberals and the Bloc combine to have 154 seats. The Tories and the NDP can only combine 153 seats. There is also one independent. In terms of making deals, this complicates things for the new government. The Liberals were able to make a deal with the NDP over the budget and win one of the closest votes in recent memory.

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