Friday, November 28, 2008

Enemies or competitors?

A post on CTV writes about 2 professors who think the governor general won't call for a coalition (well, one admits it is possible).

Both are from the University of Calgary.

Why not solicit comments from other universities? I feel obliged to ask. I'd like to hear from other constitutional experts; I'm certain I will.

Predictably, many comment call the action to form a coalition partisan, not reflecting the majority. And I think this is why things come to an inevitable confrontation. Think about this: the Liberals, NDP, BQ, and Progressive Conservatives worked together for years as principled representations of different views. Scratch that - it wasn't that they worked together, but they didn't set out to destroy each other. They simply competed to further their own ends.

But it seems this Conservative party is set to destroy the opposition as one of its ends. You can't ignore someone who's out to destroy you; you can't let your guard down.

And there's another paradox: a party which claims to embrace competition of merit, doesn't want to compete on merit.

Honestly I never expected to see a coalition, and perhaps we won't. Harper has given himself another week to come up with another plan (and I don't mean only an economic or stimulus plan).

All I want to see is parties that don't want mutual assured destruction.

"Our goal is not the victory of might, but the vindication of right" - JFK, October 22nd, 1962.


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