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die by the sword

canada's conservative governing party went through their first term of minority tenure not by working with other parties, which one would normally expect governments with a weak mandate to do, but by constantly threatening their opponents with the prospect of allowing the government to fall, triggering an election for which none of the other parties were financially or logistically prepared.

the tactic worked well enough for them over two years that they've immediately decided to go back to it as their first order of business since the federal election in october. they even decided to make a rather pathetic attempt at consolidating power by cutting crucial funding to federal parties, effectively strangling the life from any opposition. that said, since their strategy of threatening to take their toys home and call another election is pretty transparent, it shouldn't really come as a surprise that the opposition parties are willing to find a way to work around it.

i sincerely wish that this tactic succeeds, but even if it doesn't, it should at least teach the obtuse tory leadership that sometimes you need to play nice with the other kids.

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