Coalition Government

Cartoon: Layton and Ignatieff Disagree on Leadership of a Coalition Government

Find a political cartoon depicting New Democratic Party leader, Jack Layton and Liberal Party of Canada leader, Michael Ignatieff disagreeing on who would become the leader in a governing Liberal / NDP coalition.

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Thoughts about the coalition and minority government

By Harold Jansen on Feb 11, 2009

Helen Forsey, the daughter of the late eminent constitutional scholar, Eugene Forsey, weighs in on what her father would have had to say about the constitutional "crisis" in December. It's a worthwhile refresher course on the principles of parliamentary government, especially in a minority government situation. You can read it here.

Cartoon: Layton Destroys any Chance of a Coalition with Ignatieff

Find a political cartoon depicting NDP leader, Jack Layton, destroying any chance of a coalition in the House of Commons with Liberal Party leader, Micheal Ignatieff.

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Cartoon: Layton and Duceppe Tagging Along Behind Ignatieffs Ship

Find a political cartoon that depicts NDP leader, Jack Layton and Bloc Quebecois leader, Gilles Duceppe, tagging along behind Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff's ship.

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Cartoon: Ignatieff and the Unlikely Chance of an Election

Find a political cartoon depicting Micheal Ignatieff stating Canadians need an election like they need a whole in head - while Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe sit patiently for Ignatieff to decide whether he needs them for a coalition government.

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Cartoon: Ignatieff puts Layton - and his chance of attaining power - out to the curb

Find a political cartoon depicting Micheal Ignatieff, the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada the Official Opposition, putting Jack Layton - and his hopes of being Deputy Leader of the Coalition - out to the curb.

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Cartoon: Prime Minister Stephen Harper Prorogues Parliament to Stop Coalition

Find a political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Stephen Harper proroguing parliament to stop the coalition for the Liberal Party, Democratic Party, and the Bloc Quebecois.

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Cartoon: NDP - Liberal Coalition Makes Harper Eat Humble Pie

Find a political cartoon depicting the proposed coalition partners, Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe, and Stéphane Dion making Prime Minister Stephen Harper eat "humble pie."

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Cartoon: With Ignatieff as Leader of the Liberal Party, is the Coalition Dead?

Find a cartoon depicting Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe and Stéphane Dion as being disappointed with Michael Ignatieff being given the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

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The Liberal - NDP Coalition and Forming Government

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Dec 19, 2008

Find an explanation of how a proposed Liberal-NDP coalition government could assume power according to Canada’s parliamentary tradition. Includes an examination of a possible vote of non-confidence against the Conservative minority government; a request to the Governor General to allow a Liberal-New Democratic coalition to form a new government; and the immediate tasks facing a possible coalition government once in power.

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Events Leading to the Liberal - NDP Coalition Agreement

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Dec 18, 2008

On December 1, 2008, the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party and the Bloc Québécois officially signed an agreement to defeat the Conservative minority government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Under this agreement, the Liberals and NDP agreed to form a coalition government, which would be supported by the Bloc. The following article provides an overview of factors and events surrounding the signing of this agreement.

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Is the Problem Coalitions in General or THIS Coalition?

By Harold Jansen on Dec 5, 2008

Although the question of whether a coalition can take over is primarily a constitutional and parliamentary question, there's no doubt that public opinion is a factor, lurking in the background of all of these discussions. And the polls are coming in. They suggest that Canadians prefer Stephen Harper and the Conservatives to govern.

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Harper and Dion take to the airwaves

By Harold Jansen on Dec 3, 2008

In case you missed it, both Harper and Dion took to national television to make their cases directly to the people. Neither really had much new to say. Here are my impressions of both speeches.

Harper

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The mess in Ottawa is an opportunity for the Greens, but....

By Harold Jansen on Dec 3, 2008

I think it's safe to say that none of Canada's four political parties in Canada are looking especially good right now: the partisan bickering and yelling, the political manouevering and scheming, the constitutional brinkmanship. There are lots of Conservatives upset with Stephen Harper, many Liberals disgusted with Stephane Dion, and even more Canadians just annoyed with everyone. 

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Cartoon: Coalition Prime Minister Stéphane Dion Comes with a Expiry Date

Find a political cartoon that depicts the possibly of the coalition Prime Minister Stéphane Dion as having a expiry date.

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