Scandal-Ridden Canadian Government Likely To Face May Election

The weather in Ottawa is colder than normal this week, but Parliament Hill is certainly helping locals with their heating bills by generating all kinds of hot air – all of which may culminate in a Federal election call as early as Friday.

The Canadian minority government has been battered by a number of high-profile issues over the last few months.  A committee has found the current government in Contempt – an extremely serious charge – for withholding financial information on big-ticket budget items such as their law and order agenda (where mandatory prison sentences would be increased and thousands of new prison cells built) and the purchase of new CF-18 fighter jets (which are rumored to be costing as much as three times the estimate provided by the government). 

A cabinet minister is also facing a potential Contempt finding over allegations of doctoring documents and lying to Parliament. Other cabinet ministers and former ministers have faced accusations of illegal lobbying, violating election financing rules and improper use of government resources. The government even got a dousing of hot water over the aggressive branding of the current government as the “Harper Government,” rather than the standard phrasing “Government of Canada.” 

In Canada, as in the United Kingdom, elections do not take place on set dates (despite the current Prime Minister’s attempt to enact a law to do just that in 2006, which he rapidly broke himself in 2008). Rather, the government sits for a maximum of five years, unless the Prime Minister chooses to have parliament dissolved and an election called, or if the government loses a vote of Confidence.

Confidence votes can take place on any issue the government chooses to deign a confidence measure, but they automatically take place on significant measures such as a budget. Which, as luck would have it, the government released yesterday, and which has been widely panned as out-of-touch by the opposition.

All opposition parties have signaled they will oppose the budget in a vote on Thursday. In addition, Opposition leader Michael Ignatieff will be tabling a motion of non-confidence in the government based on the Contempt finding.

In other words: Election’s a-coming.

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William C
William C6 months ago


W. C
W. C6 months ago

Thank you.

Jane Warren
Jane Warren5 years ago

thnx for this

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M6 years ago

Thanks for the post Shannon.
Pretty sorry state of affairs when their is no one to believe in this election compaign.
I am still heated that a black mark was laid on our Canadian Government with the first ever Contempt findings.

Louise D.
Louise D6 years ago

The problem is that government corruption is very much a problem for the Canadian Conservative governments, Brian Mulrooney was up to his neck with various scandals and Kim Campbell went around like a headless chicken. When the Liberals came to power they slashed public services and knocked down a brand new Hospital just after it had been built. So Canada is going into the slash and burn cycle. So expect that there is going to be a few Canadian politicians in prison soon,

Susan V.
Susan V6 years ago

Just what we need another damn election! Yes time to vote for the green party, lets make a change...can't get any worse than it already is!

Geoffrey Y.
Geoffrey Y6 years ago

Costly elections for Canada is what the elected reps wanted. Not everyone enjoy this but certainly for some of you. 4 elections in 7 years, this tell this nation (Canada) is not as nice as your might think before.

Mike and Janis B.
Janis B6 years ago

Hope this bully gets stuffed honestly. They keep on crowing about the state of the economy but they inherited the banking rules and the surpluses from the Liberals under Paul Martin. These creatures are all for the tar sands and oil in the Arctic plus they refuse the buy out the sealers in NFland. If only we had some sort of proportional representation then all our votes would count for something, as it stands even parties who do not have the most votes are able to get back in, disgusting. By the way, Westminster has changed its rules so more folk have some influence, it is no longer first past the post at all.

Judith Howard
Judith Howard6 years ago

Accountablilty is the key. We all need to keep those elected with checks and balances. And be ever vigilant.

John H.
John H.7 years ago

Bravo Don Aitken you said it best . Conservatives have a very short memory when decrying the present pending election as unnecessary, considering that Harper opportunistically triggered an unnecessary election in 2008, ignorning his own fixed election date legislation! Oh the hypocracy! If the Conservatives really did not want an election now, why have they been spending so much money on attack ads attacking Ignatieff for the past several months? They must have been really worried!