Lots of experts and reporters, are saying the coalition is dead, and that Canadians can relax and go back to the business of ignoring politics. But, the stink lingers on in the minds of voters, and it's not going to go away anytime soon. I expect it to rear it's head again next election, not just with political parties and ads, but in the minds of Canadians, we almost lost our most precious right, the right to vote and for that vote to be heard.
The MSM is working hard to make it seem like it was all PM Harper's fault, but that's not how voters are going to remember it. I remember being shocked with the naked power grab the three parties tried to impose on Canadians because it was "constitutional". I remember thinking that they can not do this, to me, they can not erase my vote, so it became personal.
That was the big miscalculation of the coalition, funny, for once they went with facts, and were shocked that Canadians reacted emotionally, when usually they are the ones that use emotion to make their points. It backfired, badly.
The opening of Pandora's Box has occurred. Every voter going into the polling station from now on, will ask themselves, "will my vote count, or will a coalition government wipe it out"? It was bad enough when people were voting only on party lines, but now they will be voting for or against a possible coalition government.
This issue is far from dead, it lives and breathes as a whole new idea that Canadians must consider from now on. It will be sitting in Parliament during question period. It will be sitting on opposition members shoulders, egging them on. It will spark arguments in committees that the opposition already rule. It will continue to smell bad to Canadian voters no matter how hard the MSM tries to cover it with a rosy gloss.
What amazes me, is that the opposition in a minority government, already holds the balance of power. They can bring any minority government down, at any time. They can vote any bill they don't like down, they can introduce their own bills and get them passed, like they did with their Kyoto bill. They already have the power to band together, at any time they want. Plus, they have the advantage in the Senate. They have the aces in their hands and they think they are twos. There was NO politically sound reason for these parties to band together, except for power, to get they hands on the till of Canada, and drive it into the ground, planting only bad seeds that never germinate, or if they do, they are a hideous, misshapen representation of democracy.
So why the need for a coalition? Why were they in such a hurry, after only 6 sitting days of Parliament to bring the Conservative government down by forming this coalition? Do they hate PM Harper so much that they risked this coalition with separatists?
I think the answer is yes, but it's not just PM Harper they can't stand, it's reform MP's that especially send them into spasms of indignation. They could see their parties reduced influence and that power had to be grabbed back quickly. Dion had nothing to lose, he was already a goner, but if he could have pulled this off, what a glorious rise out of the dung heap, into the PM's seat that would have been! ALL LIBERALS supported this move, with visions of sugar plum jobs dancing in their heads. New leader Iggy has not yet given up on Dion's vision of power, he has NOT ruled out a coalition in the future. The coalition is still stinking up the joint!
Let's be clear, the Liberals, NDP, and Bloq banded together to try and take power. Pandora's Box has been opened. Never again will Canadians think that their vote counts, as they intended. The coalition threat has been released, and will be used again. It is inevitable.
Canadian voters now understand that their vote is truly precious, and must not be taken lightly, because it can be misconstrued by political parties into something they didn't mean.
Pandora's Box, once opened, can not ever be shut again.