Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Hypothetical Question

Suppose we'd had PR in this last election. A Lib-NDP-Green Coalition (a questionable proposition, I grant) would have a majority in Parliament, though none of those parties would have the largest single block - that would still be the Conservatives.

What should (not would) happen in that scenario? A government by the smallest parties in Parliament? Or a Conservative minority? I'm asking more a question of principle than a question of politics, I guess.

People with a historical knowledge of other PR systems are welcome to speculate. Of course, people without historical knowledge don't ask for my permission anyway...

1 comment:

Mike said...

Leo is right - that's what just happened in Germany. If the largest party cannot negotiate a governing coalition, the GG can go to the 2nd largest, etc.