For all those people who don’t like how undemocratic it would look to have Stephane Dion as prime minister think about all the precedents that can be set by giving Harper what he wants.
Would it be democratic if the Prime Minister could prorogue parliament just to avoid losing a vote in the house of commons? No.
Would it be democratic if a minority government to put forth legislation that gives their party a substantial and tangible advantage over other parties? No.
Would it be democratic for a minority government to keep calling elections (or forcing the opposiiton to take them down) until they get a majority? No.
Would it be democratic for a minority government to ignore the wishes of the people that put them in a position to cooperate with at least one opposition party to pass legislation? No.
I don’t think PM Dion is a good idea. I don’t think a Liberal/NDP coalition is a good idea. I don’t think a government propped up by the Bloc is a good idea. However setting a precdent that would allow sitting Prime Ministers to avoid a confidence motion by shutting down parliament is a terrible idea. Giving miniority governments the green light to arrange their own defeat or continually call elections until they get a majority is a horrible idea. Ignoring the obvious failings of a government that is more interested in running their opposition off the road in a time of fiscal crisis is an outrageous idea.