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Subject:  Re: Quebec separatist party wins provincial elec Date:  9/11/2012  1:17 PM
Author:  DrtThrwingMonkey Number:  63024 of 63908

Norm,

The 58% that the 2nd place and 3rd place parties got is indeed a majority, and you are perfectly right that if these 2 parties got together in a coalition, they could govern. As it is, the 2nd place party leader (the previous government leader) is resigning and the 3rd place party leader has said he would work constructively with the winning party (that got 32% of the vote, against 31% and 27% for the 2 other parties).

Minority governments are relatively uncommon in Canada, but they can work OK, and they give some of the advantages that are present in the US system (checks and balances), along with some of the disadvantages (constant politicking, short-term view, etc.)

Regards, DTM
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