But there’s a reason it keeps happening.
And the reason it keeps happening isn’t because we have a minority government. It isn’t because the ubiquitous “They” are keeping Stephen Harper from doing his job. It’s because “They” don’t agree with the job he’s doing. Which is what “They” were elected to do. And, ironically, the majority of people who voted didn’t want Stephen Harper’s help doing anything. So unless you’re actually defining “They” as people who can’t be arsed to vote, I think perhaps saying that it’s “Their” fault Harper can’t run the government is …what’s that word? Mistooken.
It wasn’t the Opposition (who, along with the other federal party received the majority of votes cast) who have systematically stripped national research grants for the sciences. It wasn’t the Opposition who want to weaken our food safety regulations. It wasn’t the Opposition who cancelled government initiatives to improve living conditions for our country’s impoverished peoples. It wasn’t the Opposition whose policies have become an international embarrassment for Canada (“No thanks; we don’t want Canada on the National Security Council”). It hasn’t been Opposition MPs falsifying documents (THAT is what caused the contempt of Parliament, btw; followed by the government’s refusal to provide timely and accurate information for proposed legislation to Parliament).
Sure, the Opposition parties are responsible for our going to the polls three times in six years, if you believe that the person most responsible for assault is the person who pissed off the bully. Minority governments DO and CAN work, but only when governments are prepared to actually work together. “The Harper Government” is not like that. There are examples of where minority governments work just fine (New Zealand, f’rinstance). Of where coalition governments work just fine (The Netherlands, Scotland, etc.). You know what they have in common? They’re not “The Harper Government”.
I don’t think he plays well with others. I think he failed that in kindergarten and never recovered.