The political meltdown in Canada, at first, looks like a power grab by the Conservative Party and its leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A closer look reveals that the parliamentary crisis came about because minority parties tried to undermine Mr. Harper just weeks after his party gained seats in Ottawa.
In late November, ... Harper presented an economic update that did not include stimulus measures that other parties favored. ...
He then insulted the minority parties by cutting off public financing for political parties.
... Leaders from the Liberal and New Democratic Party teamed up with the Bloc Quebecois to form a coalition and threatened a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Harper.
He then consulted with the Queen of England’s representatives ... and got permission to dissolve Parliament until late January. ...
... The tougher question is how the parties will work together once Parliament resumes on Jan. 26. ...