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Dear Canada,

Hey, Canada, buddy, are you okay? I heard from UK that you're having some, like coup troubles? I'm here if you need to talk.

Seriously, I'm really unclear as to what is going on with your Parliament, but it sounds like all the MP's are maybe gonna get fired? Can anyone clarify?

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scotia_girl
Dec. 3rd, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Coups are illegal; what's probably happening in Canada is possibly rude, but not criminal in a legal sense. ;)

Constitutionally, the parliamentary system allows for a vote of non-confidence if most of the MPs in the house of parliament have lost faith in the ruling (and in this situation, generally minority) government. and the other parties can, if they choose, create a coalition to govern. after the existing gov't falls to the non-confidence vote. and if the governor general approves the new ruling thingy. Which hasn't happened since 1926.

Feh. that's as much as I grok. maybe sacramentalist can be eloquent about it.

I will say this, tongue-in-cheek: Golly, and we though the Meech Lake Accord caused all sorts of constitutional problems.
mandydax
Dec. 3rd, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
I gathered that it was something big like that, but I wasn't really sure. When someone says "dissolve Parliament" I tend to think along the lines of redrawing the government. Still, if it hasn't happened in 80+ years, it must be serious. I think of the Canadian government as pretty stable because, well, it's right there, and we never really hear about it down her in the states. Feh, I should've gone to bed a few hours ago, so apologies if this makes no sense.
sacramentalist
Dec. 3rd, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much it.

The current minority government has proposed a budget which made the other parties go ape. It pretty much whacks them in the knees for fundraising. I honestly haven't bothered to know the full details about the initial issue.

Ontario had a coalition government in the 80's. I don't remember it being a bad thing... if it gets the PC's out.

I hate how they call it a coup. It's valid parliamentary procedure. Canadian leaders may not be charismatic, but they're good pencil pushers :)

mandydax
Dec. 4th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
It sounds a bit like a recall, like what happened to Gray Davis in California a few years ago. I hope you don't get a Terminator as your new glorious leader.
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