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On CBC, Peter Mansbridge and Don Newman were quick to pour cold water on the Prime Minister's assertion during his televised address that "Canada's government has always been chosen by the people." Both cited the Byng-King affair, in which the Governor-General refused to grant Mackenzie King a dissolution after his government was defeated and called on Arthur Meighen to form government. This is the precedent the opposition parties rely on to justify their request to Governor-General Michaëlle Jean to hand them power without an election.

In fact, Mr. Harper is correct. Mr. Meighen won the most seats in the 1925 election and the Governor-General intended to call on him to form government. However, Mr. King demanded that he be given the chance to form a government, and the Governor-General acceded to the demand. When he was defeated, power was transferred to the winner of the 1925 election, Mr. Meighen.

Mr. Dion's speech -- in which he outlined all the positive things he could do and how hard he would work on behalf of Canadians -- was a continuation of the election campaign. With one major difference: instead of asking for your vote and the votes of millions of Canadians, he will be asking for one vote -- that of Governor-General Michaëlle Jean. If she gives it to him, it will be the first time in Canadian history that the Canadian people have not chosen their government

 

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