This is more of a rant than my typical more academic approach.
At some point politicians and citizens need to be able to say enough is enough and stand up to their government and demand an election.
For me this happened years ago when Harper decided to "save" $0.10 per Canadian, but scraping the Charter challenge fund, which helped regular Canadians afford the cost of taking legislation to court for violating the constitution. Trudeau considered this absolutely vital to making the Constitution a safeguard for the people. But the Liberals and the opposition squabbled little over this and it was destroyed without much of a fight.
Since that time there have been a number of actions that have trampled out rights. Such as making pay equity for women 'negotiable' rather than a legal case. Not to mention the latest of such moves in making the long census form voluntary, thus inhibiting minority needs and limiting the oppositions access to information. Ignatieff's Liberals have continued to make threats to call an election if Harper does this or that, and have failed to act when the PM calls their bluff.
Mr. Ignatieff, I'd rather you be PM than Harper, but you disappoint me and many of your supporters by continuing to prop up Harper's neo-con government. I am aware that the polls don't give you a clear lead and I am aware that the Liberals do not have the same war chest as the Conservatives do, but it's long past time to throw caution to the wind.
The Conservatives have lied to us repeatedly, they've told us immediately prior to the previous election that we had a multi-billion dollar surplus, only to 'discover' a few weeks afterward the vote that it was actually a deficit in excess of $10 billion dollars. They continue to limit media access to them, and inhibit the flow of information that is critical for citizens and the opposition to evaluate their performance. Lastly, they tell us that they are financially conservative while pointlessly wasting billions of dollars on unnecessary F-35s, tax cuts for the wealthy, and G20 conferences that are now estimated to be 4 - 5 more expensive than any other.
FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S SACRED!!!!!
CALL AN ELECTION!
Don't let them weasel their way out of their responsibilities.
Don't let them get away with their lies.
You have everything you need to win! Take it to the people, present it with charisma and outrage and remove these zealots from office!
If you need to form a coalition, it's in the constitution is a legitimate feature of our democratic government!