So the odds are now against the coaliton, and, while many here will continue to push for it, it is worth considering the silver lining that lies within: most Canadians agree that Canada's political system is broken. It isn't just a matter of Harper being mean, or Martin being Mr. Dithers - Canada has been governed remarkably poorly since at least the 80's. Brief periods of majority governments have brought supermajorities into power that ultimately collapsed under their own internal contradictions. Mulroney could not pay off Quebec and Alberta at the same time. For Chretien, it was his tactics that sunk his party - and that should ring some alarm bells. The government of Canada shouldn't have to rely on such morally dubious means as the whole adscam mess. The electorate has blamed each leader in turn, and they surely have culpability for their actions, but it is equally true that a strong case can now be made that the system itself is broken.
Can we develop an electoral reform package that is actually sellable to the Canadian people, and that the other parties could presumably pass (perhaps if the coalition does work out)?