Oh, Canada, did you just vote in an even more unstable government than we had last time? You did, didn’t you? Whatever are we going to do with you?
I have an idea: haul in some cameras and a reality TV crew, because The Real World: House of Commons damn near writes itself. Think about it: we’ve got the most right-wing prime minister this country has had in, well, ever, and the man’s got no history of consensus-building to speak of; but never before has it been so vital to a Canadian prime minister’s political survival that he compromise with the other parties in the House. In this minority government – which is weaker than most polls predicted – Harper is going to have to compromise with some party on every issue. And, oh, the possibilities:
Behind door number one, we have the Liberals, whom Harper slammed as corrupt at every turn! Will compromising with the Liberals mean compromising his integrity?
Alternatively, Harper could open door number two, behind which we find…the separatist Bloc. How cozy can Harper get with them before alienating his western base, who have long complained about the government being determined by Ontario and who would therefore probably not take terribly well to being at the mercy of Quebec?
Fortunately, there’s a third option: Harper can go with door number three and deal with the Satanic NDP! Oh – wait – that won’t quite give him a majority of seats. He’d have to get the radio shock jock in on that one!
I predict high ratings. Wonder how long it’ll be till the third season…