Stephen Harper has claimed he won’t use procedural tricks to stay in power after Election Day if the Conservatives fall short of any of the other parties by even one seat. Here's the problem: arguing that “the party that wins the most seats in our system forms the government” is itself a procedural trick. Why? Because it’s not true.
Let’s be clear: Harper is misleading Canadians about how Parliament works and he’s likely doing it to cling to power in the event the Conservatives don’t win a majority of seats in October.
Maxwell Cameron, the Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, has just released an important paper on this called Trust and Confidence: Post-Election Cooperation in Parliament.