I know that I'm probably opening up a real big can of worms here, but I keep getting email requests to go sign a petition against the Canadian coalition government. I have drafted a response that I cut and paste into a reply to any requests. I thought I would post that reply here:
I just wanted to point something out here. I don't personally agree with the coalition, but the whole idea of Democracy that's being touted by the conservative party is a complete farce and they really need to find something else to fight this coalition with.
They keep saying that the majority of Canadians are being ignored in this case, and that their rights are not being represented. What he fails to acknowledge is that his MINORITY government does not actually represent the majority of Canadians. By definition, the minority government is actually not democratic.
Mr. Harper can complain all he wants about a coalition between the three parties, but without a coalition between his party and another, he does not hold power. The MAJORITY of Canadians did not vote for Mr. Harper, so I believe that this makes the argument full of more holes than swiss cheese. Together, the Liberals, NDP, and Bloc hold the MAJORITY of the seats, thus have the ability and right to hold power. I may not agree with the coalition, but constitutionally I will defend their existence.
I cannot sign that petition in good conscience as I believe that everyone signing it is making a hypocritical statement. Without a majority government, everyone must rule by coalition.