So long as I don't have to run out and vote again, I don't care what they do. Personally I think a coalition government is exactly what this country needs. I'm fed up with single party politics and if 3 parties can put their differences aside and come together, they stand a very good chance of being a very effective government because each party has their pros and cons and essentially brings a great deal to the table and not just as on opposition to block the ruling party, but as a party that actually has some weight behind their efforts.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
To the original poster, here is essentially what has been happening:
1. Stephen Harper heads the Conservative Party. When his party was elected to office, it was as a minority government. Meaning they had more seats than any other part, but not if the other governments put their votes together. A majority government has enough votes that can still trump the other parties combined votes.
2. A minority government is a very good thing. Because it means that they have to watch their P's and Q's and don't have free reign to do whatever they want because they always have to take into account the other parties and what they have to say and whether they will allow or block the bill/policy.
3. Apparently Stephen Harper hasn't been instilling confidence on Parliament Hill and the other parties are fed up with him and don't have confidence in his ability to run the country. The Liberal Party (the opposition) had planned on taking a "non confidence vote", or maybe they did...I can't remember.
4. As a result a couple months ago, completely fed up with the opposition party, Stephen Harper (our Prime Minister) went to the Government General (the Queen's representative) and asked her to dissolve parliament and call an election. His hopes were that he would win the election with a majority government instead of the current minority that he had at the time. She did and an election was called immediately and six (6) weeks later we were voting ... again!
5. Stephen Harper's Conservative party won another minority government, but this time had more parliament seats than they did before. But it was still a minority government and really didn't put them in a much better position than before.
6. Now instead of just the opposition party giving Stephen Harper and his party problems, the Liberals and the NDP got together and put their parties together into one (for the time being) in order to form a "coalition" and they have the Bloc Quebecois' support (another political party) to do it.
Now it's up to the Governor General to make a decision as to who is going to run our country. In the meantime we really don't have a government in charge because they are all too busy fighting amongst themselves
No wonder our dollar is taking a nose dive!