This Conservative government is positioning itself to hold power for a generation or more. Conservative leader Stephen Harper is working on making Canada an Alberta-style democracy. For those non-Canadian readers Alberta is one of our provinces where, despite its many great citizens, one party rules with no effective opposition for decades at a time. If you believe I'm exaggerating, see this news item, which explains how the Alberta Conservative Party is celebrating its 40th year in office (and they replaced the Social Credit Party, who'd been in power for 36 years!).
With the death of New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton and his already unruly and inexperienced caucus in grave danger of washing away, as well as the political assassination of The Liberal Party, Harper now stands essentially unopposed in Parliament.
I'd like to think that everyone who believes in democracy, regardless of their specific ideology, would be deeply fearful of Canada becoming a one-party state.
I take some hope that today one lone MP is discussing an NDP-Liberal coalition. The two parties should swallow their pride and merge in the name of democracy or they could well be spending the next forty years in the political wilderness.