I asked here what people thought should happen in a PR situation. I'm less interested in the Constitutional mechanisms, and more interested in the political ones.
What I mean to say is this: If the Conservatives win the most seats in the house, but not a majority, how acceptable would it be to have the Liberals form the government without another election?
The last time this kind of thing came up in Canada was the 1920s, if I remember history class. The essential question is this: Do we think the Conservatives would react well to being displaced, despite "winning" the election? How acceptable would this be in Canada today?