About that coalition thing
This campaign may be giving us a new adage (a twist on Kim Campbell's infamous 1993 comments about serious issues and elections). Specifically: elections are no times for civics lessons. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff tried in his interview with Peter Mansbridge last night, but with mixed results.
At the outset of this current campaign, I (perhaps naively) believed that all the coalition hysteria could be dispelled if voters understood that this is actually the topic of an adult conversation currently under way among some of Canada's leading constitutional and government-formation experts. Here's an article about their conversation. Here's one report. Here's another. (Click on the links. Take your time. This blog post will still be here when you get back.)
It may well be that people prefer to let these matters be decided by emotion, prejudice, partisanship or grudges, but I'm kind of fond of the cool, rational approach when it comes to the questions surrounding who will run Canada. Tonight, there will be another meeting of cool heads on coalition law and conventions, at U of T's Munk Centre.
If you're the type to click on those above links, you're probably interested in matters of government, law, civics and such.
And I'll leave you with this thought for today: what's more destructive to the country? People who would like tear up the constitution after a referendum, or people who want to rewrite the constitution with a PR campaign?