Canadians are fond of saying that they don’t want “American-style democracy” and this week we’ve found out what that means. The Canadian government that just won the election a month-and-a-half ago is now on the verge of being unseated by a coalition of the opposition parties.
Particularly bizarre is the possibility that the man who just lost the last election could become Prime Minister without a new election. Many argue that such an outcome would be illegal, but even if so, we’ve learned in recent years that the rules are quite flexible. A few years ago, the Liberal government refused to call an election despite losing a confidence vote, so I guess anything is possible.
Once again we see the wisdom of the framers of the US Constitution for rejecting a parliamentary system in favor of separated powers, and for putting all the rules down on paper.