Wednesday, June 20, 2018

DEMOCRACY CANADIAN STYLE

In a recent post I report how Justin Tredeau's Liberals had suffered a humiliating defeat in the Ontario Provincial election, losing power and reduced to a rump of just seven seats.

Actually for the Liberals the result was worse than that.   In Canada a Party that fails to win a designated number of seats in their Parliament or a Provincial Legislature is not afforded official  status.   This matters.

It means they're not resourced from the public purse nor can they ask questions of the ruling Party in 'the House'.   The latter provision seems quite strange indeed in a parliament based on the Westminster tradition.

In the Canadian Parliament the seat bar is ten seats.   In the Ontario Provincial Legislature it's eight.

 

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