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Citizens of Canada

Around September 1st, on what would turn out to be a few days prior to the announcement of the federal election to be held on October 14th, a group of people gathered to ask the Canadian opposition parties to form a coalition government, rather than go to election.


Although the coalition government idea did not get serious attention at the time because of timing and dealines, it became a very heated topic in the last few days of November 2008, as the opposition parties threatened a non-confidence vote on what they saw as a highly contentious budget from the Conservative government.


On December 2nd, 2008, the opposition parties, consisting of the NDP, the Liberals, and the Parti Quebecois came to a historical agreement to form a coalition government. However, on December 4th, the Governor General of Canada, at the Prime Minister's request, prorogued parliament instead of allowing the the coalition government to take power. This effectively delayed the non-confidence vote until the resumption of parliament at the end of January 2009.

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