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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Josee Legault, "Coalition debate reveals our appalling ignorance of Parliament," Montreal Gazette, December 26, 2008.

I know this won't read like much of a holiday column. No references to It's a Wonderful Life, or anything like that. But there's something the political scientist in me needs to get off her chest about one thing that happened in this country this year.

  Canadians don't elect a prime minister and government - Parliament does

I'm referring to something that was revealed when the federal opposition parties were talking about a coalition government: the abyssal ignorance, even in parts of the media, about how our own parliamentary system works.

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