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Offline segnosaur

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Re: 2021 Federal Election Culture (Waldo free)
« Reply #150 on: September 22, 2021, 02:59:26 am »
"Recollections vary".

I don't remember that part, I just remember them being pissed they didn't get Harper.

Well, if it means anything:

From: (from 2008)
The Liberals and New Democrats signed an agreement on Monday to form an unprecedented coalition government, with a written pledge of support from the Bloc Québécois
That's actually not what I meant with 'recollections vary'.  I know the Bloc was included in the coalition, I just don't remember the outrage being because because of it.

I remember on the old site, and also in the office I was working at the time, a lot of people were just peeved that the party with the most of number of seats wasn't about to form a government.   

I don't remember anyone citing the Bloc as their reason.  It was Stephane Dion they hated.
It might have depended on what part of the country you were in.

But then, even if there wasn't an immediate backlash against an "agreement with the separatists", it certainly would have been made an issue by the conservatives.

The coalition leaders staged a big public signing of their agreement and decided to trot out Gilles Duceppe as if he were a full partner....Harper gave a rousing 45-minute speech...The speech attacked the coalition as an illegitimate, separatist-propelled power grab... Harper fumed. “Mr. Speaker, the highest principle of Canadian democracy is that if one wants to be prime minister, one gets one’s mandate from the Canadian people and not from Quebec separatists.
Duceppe had warned the Liberals about handling it properly...English Canada, Duceppe told them, would not react favourably to his presence.
Harper’s next move was to...ask the governor general to shut down Parliament...Harper had turned public opinion so effectively that it was now obvious...where Canadians stood....Most of the PM’s strategists favoured the prorogation. Kory Teneycke was one who did not. He felt...the governor general would not turn power over to the coalition — not given the Bloc involvement and where public opinion stood.