It took them 91 minutes to mention Aboriginal people, but just in passing. Aboriginal issues weren't discussed at all. Not very impressed.
I don't think Ignatieff was as loud as Layton. I watched online and kept getting distracted by my shitty internet connection and the tweets going by on the site. The best one was "Stephen Harper's speaking voice tonight brought to you by three beers and an Ambien".
This aside, my opinion of Harper isn't any better than it was before.
Ignatieff didn't do too bad, but he stumbled a lot. A few times he seemed to start making a point, then forget what the point was and make another point.
Lastly, the "party with the most seats" doesn't have the "right" to govern. It isn't automatically appointed. The Governor General looks at the composition of Parliament after results and asks the leader of the party with the most seats to form government, because it typically has the best chance of getting the confidence of the house. If that government doesn't work out, then the Governor General has two options: The first, least used one is to give the second place party a chance to govern, if it can get support of the house. The second more frequently used option is the dissolve Parliament and call another election.
Now, Harper implying that this wasn't true is bad enough, but when no one else corrected him by explaining this
, that just made me lose faith in all of them. Either the four leaders don't know how parliament works, or they're deliberately misleading us about how it works. I think that perhaps they didn't explain that because it is the explanation of Harper's 2004 letter to Adrienne Clarkson, reminding her of this option. So then, why he
didn't explain it properly is a puzzle. It would have been a better explanation of his coalition letter than he gave at the start, by simply explaining that that is how the process worked and he wanted the GG to consider the first option before using the second one. If these guys don't know how Parliament works why are we letting them run it?
I really hope Harper gets a minority now. That is the best way to ensure that at least 3 of them are gone by the next election.