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Election night speeches: victory and defeat

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Harper wins Conservative majority

Jack Layton: Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition

Elizabeth May wins the Green Party’s first seat in Parliament

Duceppe quits as Bloc Québécois collapses 

Ignatieff leads Liberals to historic defeat

Harper vows not to form ‘coalition of losers’

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April 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Ignatieff denies hidden agenda to seize power from a Harper minority

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April 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

Liberals could still govern if Harper wins minority: Ignatieff

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Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says he would try to form a government if the Conservatives win the most seats in the election but fails to win the confidence of the House of Commons.

If the Governor General wants to call on other parties, or myself, for example, to try and form a government, then we try to form a government.

- Micheal Ignatieff

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April 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Layton lays groundwork for NDP role in minority government

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April 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

2011 Federal Leaders Debate (full video)

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Federal election begins amid coalition promises, accusations and denials

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Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper kicked-off the 2011 Federal Election campaign by accusing the opposition parties of having a hidden agenda to form a coalition government in the event of another Conservative minority parliament.

Unless Canadians elect a stable national government, Mr. Ignatieff will form a coalition with the NDP and the Bloc Québécois.

- Stephen Harper

Harper warns of hidden coalition agenda, Ignatieff denies it, Duceppe is willing,
and Layton would be Prime Minister of a minority government 

After several days dodging the question, Liberal leader Micheal Ignatieff issued an early morning statement in which he rules out a coalition in the event of a Liberal minority parliament:

We will not enter a coalition with other federalist parties.   In our system, coalitions are a legitimate constitutional option.  However, I believe that issue-by-issue collaboration with other parties is the best way for minority Parliaments to function.

- Micheal Ignatieff

However, Ignateiff’s statement does not rule out a coalition if the Conservatives win the most number of seats, but not a majority.

Meanwhile, NDP leader Jack Layton is actively running to become Prime Minister of a minority government, especially if the election produces another Conservative minority parliament:

This time we have to do something different.  This time, it’s not enough to keep Stephen Harper from his majority, this time we have to replace him …

I’m asking for a mandate to lead the next government.  And if that turns out to be a minority parliament, as Prime Minister you can count on me to reach out to all members of Parliament who believe in building a better Canada.

And together we will provide an alternative to a Harper-led government — whether its on a case-by-case basis as has been done in the last five years, or more stable arrangements — I will work with the mandate you give me.

- Jack Layton

A coalition government could have the support of the Bloc Québécois, according to Gilles Duceppe who remains open to the option.

If they propose something like that, we look if it is in the best interests of Quebec.

- Gilles Duceppe


Mulroney celebrates 1984 Conservative majority

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Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney celebrates the 25th anniversary of his 1984 majority government, at a gala honouring him in Montreal.

We had a vision of Canada as a country united at home and admired abroad for our values as much as our prosperity. A land of opportunity, a beacon of hope for the world.

-  Brian Mulroney

In his speech, Mulroney saluted leaders from other political parties such as John Turner and Ed Broadbent for their commitment to national unity, as well as Tommy Douglas and Leaster Pearson as the founding fathers of Medicare.

Mulroney also praised Barack Obama for his long-term vision and political leadership on the issue of healthcare reform in the United States.

50 years from today, Americans will revere the name Obama.  Because like his Canadian predecessors, he chose the tough responsibilities of national political leadership over the meaningless nostrums of sterile partisanship that we see too much of in Canada and around the world today.

-  Brian Mulroney

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September 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Ignatieff vows no coalition with NDP, Bloc

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September 10 and 11, 2009 – Liberal leader Micheal Ignatieff says the Liberal Party will never enter into a governing coalition with the NDP and Bloc because “it would not be in the national interest”.

Ignatieff has previously said he is prepared to lead a coalition government, but later broke with the other opposition parties to pass the Conservative budget in January.

I could be standing here as the Prime Minister of Canada.  I turned it down; we turned it down in January.  I don’t think I need to give further proof of my feeling that that’s not what Canadians want.  I agree with Canadians.

- Michael Ignatieff


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September 11, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Harper calls for Conservative majority

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Stephen Harper said Conservatives need to win a majority government  in the next election because the alternative Liberal-NDP-Bloc coalition “would do long-term, real damage” to Canada.

Harper made the remarks in a private address to Conservative party supporters on September 2nd in Sault Ste. Marie.

If they get together and force us to the polls, we have to teach them a lesson and get back there with a majority, and make sure their little coalition never happens.

- Stephen Harper

A video taken by a local student and Liberal Party member attending the event was turned over to the Liberal Party. One week later parts of the video was broadcast by the CBC, and the full video was released to other media outlets the following day.

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September 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm


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