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The Election: Results & Aftermath Class Agenda: Next 2-3 weeks: Chapter 6: The Crown & Its Servants Chapter 7: Parliament Observe and discuss Election & its aftermath Government formation Leadership issues… Mr. Dion, please step forward!

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the election results aftermath
The Election: Results & Aftermath

Class Agenda:

  • Next 2-3 weeks:
    • Chapter 6: The Crown & Its Servants
    • Chapter 7: Parliament
  • Observe and discuss
    • Election & its aftermath
    • Government formation
    • Leadership issues… Mr. Dion, please step forward!
elections parties and the party system malcomlson myers chapter 9 10
Elections, Parties, and the Party SystemMalcomlson & Myers, Chapter 9 & 10

155 seats needed to form a majorityFull results (Elections Canada)

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The Election: Results & Aftermath

The Political Geography of the 2008 Election:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/v5/content/election2008/provincial-results.html

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The Election: Results & Aftermath

The Political Geography of the 2008 Election:

  • Continuing presence of Bloc Quebecois in Parliament
    • 45-55 seats are out of play w/o altering N required for majority
  • An anti-system party
    • Committed to demise of current regime
    • Untouchable for coalitional purposes
    • Limits viable alternative coalitions
      • Conservative minority government
      • Is a Liberal – NDP – Green coalition viable?
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The Election: Results & Aftermath

The Political Geography of the 2008 Election:

  • How long can system remain stable?
    • Increasing resemblance to politics of post-war Italy & French 4th Republic
    • Deep-seated cleavages, political polarization & anti-system parties undercutting stability
    • Implications vis-à-vis electoral reform
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The Election: Results & Aftermath

Government Formation:

  • Harper on player realistically able to claim confidence of House
  • Visit G-G, and be asked whether he is willing & able to maintain a “government”
  • Harper will accept this invitation
  • Within days, Harper will appoint a new cabinet
  • The House will meet to pass judgement on new cabinet