First of all, I would like to say hi, I've been lurking here for a while (and finally bothered to register), and I know there are some Canadians here and I'm somewhat surprised hadn't seen anything on what's going on up here. Admittedly, I was out of the loop in the end of term crunch...until I read what was going on... Anyway, the situation is we just had an election less than a month ago. The conservative party gained seats but did not win a majority. Now, the three opposing parties (Liberals, the further left New Democrats, and the separatist Bloc Quebecois) have agreed to form a coalition government and bring down the current government in the next confidence motion. The proposed government would include Liberal and New Democrat ministers, with the Bloc agreeing to vote with those two on confidence motions. Parliament is suspended until the 26th of January right now. So I ask what do you think about this; and it doesn't even need to be Canada specific: is it fair (right?) for the winning government to be defeated by the opposition, with a separatist party having essentially a veto vote? What I think is that it isn't. The people gave a (somewhat) increased mandate for the Conservatives to govern, and now the opposition is simply...dunno, seems like they're ganging up on the Conservatives almost because they can - the opposition got less share of the votes in the election three weeks ago - so it seems horribly like an abuse of the rules. There was every opportunity to do this before the election: why now? And the seperatists: if they had fulfilled their goal and seceded from Canada, the conservatives would have a majority and we wouldn't be in this mess. I *do* prefer the conservatives, and I suppose I lean centre right (by Canadian standards), but I don't have a problem with the Liberal party; it's just that their leader (who would become prime minister in this agreement) is simply not prime minister material (can barely speak English, has a very naive outlook on the world based on his promised policies). He is new, probably chosen by idealistic young "forward thinkers," and was essentially humiliated by losing seats for the Liberals, and announced he would step down not to long ago - but now he could be prime minister? Sorry for that wall of text but I wanted to make a good go of my first post, and I would like to say that this forum is great: has a good mix of people from many different backgrounds and opinions - but the discussion is (almost) always respectful. If anyone wants to know, I'm a second year honours math and physics student at UBC who took a course last year on Canadian government (because we need 18 Arts credits, and it's somewhat of an interest of mine).