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A coalition of losers Count on Bob Rae to never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
The Liberal MP, would be Liberal leader and former Ontario NDP premier is demonstrating that yet again these days by talking up a Liberal/NDP coalition government following the next election. By promoting the coalition now, Rae is tacitly admitting he thinks the Conservatives will win the most seats, with the Liberals (presumably) finishing second. First, admitting you're going for the silver isn't likely to inspire the Liberal grass roots to go for the gold. Second, suggesting who your dance partner will be this far kate spade jewelry sale in advance of the vote is not only insulting to voters, it's dumb. It's dumb because you risk committing yourself to a government the public will perceive as a "coalition of losers." That's what happened in 2008 when Canadians overwhelmingly rejected a Liberal/NDP, Bloc supported "coalition of losers," with Rae among its biggest boosters. It was designed to bring down Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, who had won the most seats in the 2008 election. Polls showed Canadians overwhelmingly rejected the deal, no matter how many professors declared it constitutionally valid. In fact, while only 37.65% of the electorate voted Conservative on election night, polls cheap kate spade bags showed 60% opposed the Liberal/NDP Bloc backed accord. Most Canadians, regardless of who they voted for, saw the accord as an undemocratic attempt to subvert the 2008 election results. In that vote, Harper and the Conservatives, while falling short of a majority, increased their seat count compared to the 2006 election to 143 (up 19) and their percentage of the vote to 37.65% (up 1.38%). By contrast, the Liberals, whose hugely unpopular leader, Stephane Dion, was to become a caretaker PM under the coalition deal, were reduced to 77 seats (down 26) and 26.26% of the vote (down 3.97%). Only Ottawa's chattering classes of which Rae is a charter member could fail to understand why Canadians were angered by a deal putting in place a Liberal leader as PM they had just massively rejected at the polls, while restoring the Liberals to power (in coalition with the NDP) after barely one in kate spade pink purse four voters supported them. Rae's enthusiastic shilling for kate spade black bag sale the 2008 coalition deal was especially bizarre given that as Ontario NDP leader in 1985, one of the main reasons his party gave for creating a "working partnership" with then Ontario Liberal leader David Peterson thus making Peterson premier and ending a 42 year Tory dynasty was the importance of reflecting the collective will of voters as expressed on election night. In the 1985 vote, Frank Miller, then premier and Tory leader, narrowly won the most seats with 52, compared to the Liberals' 48. (Rae's NDP won 25.) But the public mood was clearly with Peterson and the Liberals. Compared to the 1981 election, they gained 14 seats, while their percentage of the vote, at 37.9%, went up 4.2%. By contrast, the Tories lost 18 seats and finished slightly behind the Liberals in the vote count with 37%, down 7.4%. Ironically, while Rae waxed nostalgically on his blog last week about the 25th anniversary of the Ontario Liberal/NDP accord, hinting it has implications for federal politics today, he missed the key point he should have learned. That is, in order to be credible with the public (as the 1985 Ontario Liberal/NDP accord was) such agreements have to reflect the public's mood coming out of the election. That's also why polls show 64% of British voters are satisfied with their new Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government, even though the Liberal Democrats are politically much closer to Labour, which lost power. Again, look at the election results to understand why. The Conservatives and David Cameron, now prime minister, won 306 seats, a gain of 97 compared to the 2005 election, while increasing their share of the vote by 3.8%% to 36.1%.
By contrast, Gordon Brown and Labour lost 91 seats, down to 258, while dropping 6.2% in the vote to 29%. Clearly, in order to pass the smell test with voters, coalition accords or other deals bringing minority governments to power following an election cannot ignore or even defy the popular will as expressed on election night.
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