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One of the least inspiring Canadian electoral campaigns in history is garnering some surprisingly interesting political fallouts; Only eight weeks have passed since the election of a minority government, and we may see that government toppled by the formation of a coalition, headed by the party leader who was the only one decisively trounced by the vote.

I saw one complaint online about this scenario being a subversion of democracy, but I find it quite intriguing. After all, the members of the coalition were all elected to their seats, and coalition governments are possible only when a tripartite (or, what are we now, quinpartite?) system exists. Interesting to see how flexible the Canadian system can be.

It’s worth noting, though, that my fascination is keeping my revulsion at bay only because the odds are good that this can all be accomplished legislatively, rather than via another expensive (and pointless) national election.

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