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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-24-06 03:40 PM
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37. Socially and economically, they're between the liberals and NDP
Leaning a bit more towards the latter than the former.

In terms of the nationalism aspect of their politics, they're somewhat more sympathetic to the Conservatives, who want a weak federal government and devolution of power to the provinces. (Like Canadian provinces don't have ridiculous amounts of power to begin with - ha!) On top of that, Harper's pissed them off a few times during the election and before, and they're good at bearing grudges.

Most of the social, foreign policy, civil rights, etc. based policies the Liberals have been behind, at least a good chunk of tbe Bloc has been as well. If Harper tries anything stupid like massive tax cuts, or revisiting the gay marriage issue, or deploying to Iraq, or anything anti-Quebec (Canadian small-C conservatives generally loooooooathe the Quebecois), they'll join in the anti-Conservative pogrom which would result.

It's possible, constitutionally and legally, for a coalition government like you described to happen in Canada, but it's completely without precedent and flies in the face of institutional tradition, which is a really big deal up here.
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