Unsurprisingly, Canada's wanks are trying desperately to suggest that this coalition with socialists and separatists is like, you know, totally different from that coalition with socialists and separatists.
Let's drop in at JoJo's place, where commenter "LC Bennett" tries his/her own spin on the topic:
This article is flawed tough. To compare Harper working with opposition parties to the December Coalition is a real stretch. The socialists and separatists will not be given Cabinet seats, Senate seats or a Quebec veto.
Curiously, the "separatists" in the earlier coalition would also not have been given Cabinet or Senate seats (emphasis tail-waggingly added):
"Under this deal the Liberals would form the government, the NDP would sit in it with cabinet seats and the Bloc Quebecois would support this new NDP-Liberal coalition from outside the government," said Fife.
I mean, Jesus, even the intellectually-crippled Jay Currie understood what was going on:
Ezra treats the dual agreements as, in effect, a contract. Which it might be. And it is pretty clear what the NDP is getting out of the contract – the consideration as it were. But what is the Bloc getting?
We don’t know and neither will the GG. Nor will we find out if the Coalition comes to power.
The NDP will get seats in Cabinet meaning, day to day, that their Cabinet members will have to answer questions in the House. The Bloc will not be in Cabinet and will not be subject to the scrutiny of the House. Whatever deals they do, whatever policy vetos they cast, will be in private.
Perhaps Jay should pop by JoJo's and try to clear things up. That would be monstrously entertaining -- watching Jay Currie explain something to people even dumber than he is. There isn't enough popcorn in the world for that.
AFTERSNARK: You really have to read the comments at JoJo's, in which you learn that having to count on the NDP and Bloc to keep his government afloat means Stephen Harper has them right where he wants them. The batshit craziness over there really is a sight, isn't it?