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  •  The bloc doesn't have to participate (1+ / 0-)
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    The Liberals and NDP could form a minority government and the Bloc would hold the balance of power.  As long as they went along on non-confidence votes, the Liberals could govern.

    But the Bloc needn't actually join a coalition government.  They might be in a stronger position by not joining and holding the sword over the Lib/NDP heads.

    Behind every great man, there's a woman saying "Stand up straight"

    by captainlaser on Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 02:39:04 PM PST

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    •  So the bloc (1+ / 0-)
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      doesn't need to vote, or, I guess that should read does the bloc need to vote to break ties or is it strictly there for Quebec?

      •  The Bloc would have to vote with (3+ / 0-)

        the new Government on every vote that is considered a "confidence" vote or the new Government would fall as well. The Bloc would not be "formally" part of the coalition government and would likely not have cabinet positions but would vote with the Lib/NDP coalition (as long as it agreed with the vote).

        It illusrates the need for cooperation in a minority government situation.

        •  Thank you. Exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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          They don't have to agree with the government on anything except the budget and any vote that the government wants to declare as a confidence vote.

          Since the Bloc doesn't want to be a leader of the Canadian government, this king-maker role would be a great advantage for them.  They would probably support the Liberals and NDP if that coalition brought up a confidence vote early, thus providing the coalition with legitimacy.   After that they could block any legislation that they didn't like, since the Conservatives would routinely vote no.  It actually would be a more powerful position than being a weak part of a minority government.

          Behind every great man, there's a woman saying "Stand up straight"

          by captainlaser on Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 04:51:55 PM PST

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