In July letter to its members, the Canadian conservative rallied its membership by attacking the Liberal party for interest in forming a coalition with the NDP.
This criticism by the Conservative government of the Liberal party for wanting to form a coalition government is counter to the interests of Canadians and norms in Western democracies. The Conservatives criticism stems from attacking threats to their minority reign on Canadian political power.
The Netherlands for example has a healthy democracy of six viable political parties, and coalition governments are the norm.
In the United Kingdom, coalition governments are expected if a majority government comprised of a single party is not elected.
The value of a coalition government is that it forces parties to work together, allows greater expression of people's will through the coalition itself, and avoids weak minority governments.
Canadians should question whether the Canadian Conservative government is putting the people's interests first, when it attacks any attempt at forming a coalition which does not involve it.
In the Globe and Mail, September 9, 2009, Stephen Harper’s former adviser Tom Flanagan says the Conservatives will attack the Liberals for forming a coalition with the other opposition parties.
Mr. Flanagan admits that this Conservative election strategy is based on a falsehood:
“It doesn’t have to be true. It just has to be plausible.”