A Brief History Of Minority Rule

Posted on Tuesday, June 29 at 18:48 by KevinGagnon

It has been 25 years since Canadians have sipped their morning coffee musing about a minority government. But if the past is any guide, the country is in for a wild ride, one in which the House of Commons and individual MPs will play a crucial role determining just how long Canada's 38th Parliament will last.

Whether the country faces a full-blown constitutional crisis such as it did during the 1926 King-Byng affair or whether the government falls in a vote of non-confidence, as happened to Joe Clark's Tories in 1979, what remains clear about minority governments is this: Hold on to your hat and dust off that old civics textbook.

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