One couple (they were from Ottawa, so I definitely wanted their opinion) said they thought Harper wanted a chance at a majority before the Americans elect a Democrat in November. It made sense.
I don’t know what elections cost – somewhere in the vicinity of eleventy billion I’d imagine – and at a time of world-wide economic collapse, did we really just spend all that time and money to give Harper a little ego-stroke? If so, thank you Canadians for delivering another minority parliament. ‘Hey Harper!’, says Canada. ‘We don’t really like you that much, we just don’t have a good enough alternative to you yet. Here’s your minority. DEAL WITH IT.’
Now perhaps our fish-eyed, sweater-vested leader can get back to doing the job that has been grudgingly given him, and make sure Canada doesn’t go the way of the United States, Iceland and, increasingly, the UK, instead of whining about how his minority government isn’t working for him. It’s what Canadians want you to have, sir. Make it work.