Under the Canadian system, the government needs the support of at least 50 percent of the House of Commons to govern. The Harper Conservatives lost that support when they tabled their empty and juvenile economic statement in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the 1980s.
Under our system, when a party fails to keep the support of 50 percent of the House of Commons, it falls to another party or parties to make the case that they can.
So despite all of his high dudgeon about “a backroom deal to overturn the results of the last election” and “they don’t have the right to take power without an election” Stephen Harper understands all of this full well.
Just as he did when he wrote to the Governor General asking her to consider his coalition of the “socialists and separatists” in the first 73 days of the Paul Martin minority government in 2004:
So, why does Stephen Harper call it wrong when others do the exact same thing he did 4 years ago?