Canada’s major opposition parties signed an agreement to form a coalition on Monday and now sit poised to overthrow Stephen Harper’s conservative minority government. The coalition members cite government inaction on Canada’s suffering economy as a motivator for their mobilization.
Harper argues that installing a coalition government without electoral approval would be undemocratic. On Thursday, he won approval to suspend parliament from Governor General Michaëlle Jean, who holds the power to call for elections, dissolve parliament or appoint a new government.
The last national election was a mere six weeks ago.
Canadian bloggers have voiced their opinions about what the “Unambiguously Ambidextrous” blog calls “one of most interesting times in Canadian history.”
That blogger also argues that if the coalition were to take power, it would be undemocratic.
The “World Politics News” blog provides an overview of Canada’s political upheaval.
Blogger “Polly” argues that while liberal leader Stéphane Dion may not make a strong leader, the coalition movement is democratic — a result of Canadian votes at work, since Harper’s government is a minority.
Canadian conservatives have set up a virtual campaign office that asks visitors to “stand up for Canada” and reject the coalition.
A conservative blogger at “Angry in the Great White North” writes about a proposal that conservatives members of parliament resign if the coalition takes power, assessing the effectiveness of the plan.
Scott of “Scott’s DiaTribes” writes that he has joined a coalition of bloggers from several opposition parties in support of the coalition’s efforts.
The “Deliberative Dialogue” blog supports the coalition, claiming that it has a real plan for economic leadership.
A blogger at “NowPublic” writes that the argument has now moved to Facebook, where people may join groups supporting either side.