OTTAWA—Let’s get something straight right off the bat: the party that wins the most seats doesn’t always form the next government. That’s a basic if little understood reality of our parliamentary democracy and, if the polls prove to be accurate, it’s something Canadians should bear in mind when the results come in on Monday, says Carleton University professor Philippe Lagassé. We could have a minority parliament on our hands, and maybe even a coalition government — an extreme rarity in Canadian politics that emerged as a post-vote possibility when NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said this weekend that he’d “absolutely” be open to such a formal power-sharing arrangement to keep the Conservatives out of power. That had Andrew Scheer and his partisan supporters crying out for the need to elect a Conservative majority. Only that, they say, will prevent a spend-happy, tax-hiking government from taking shape in Ottawa, the Conservative leader argued on Tuesday. If all this talk is a harbinger of what’s to come, it’s important for us all to understand how things work if no party has a majority of seats in the House of Commons after the votes are counted. So there was no clear winner. Now what?… Read full this story
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