The biggest speculation going around following this election has been wether the outcome will be a coalition government. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said prior to the election that he would be open to working with the Liberals, causing a lot of either excitement or stress for voters and parties (@Conservatives).
UBC hosted a political discussion forum today to discuss various topics following the election, including a reddit AMA (Ask me Anything) feed where the public got to address their questions and concerns to political experts.
In response to one Vancouverite who wanted to know if a coalition government would be a likely strategical move in the next few years, UBC political scientist Alex Rivard had this to say.
“I don’t see any strategic impact for an LPC-NDP formal coalition..Generally in Canada we let the parties with the most seats govern and with the LPC [Liberal Party of Canada] being the incumbent, they *will govern*. But the LPC doesn’t need any formal agreement or coalition to govern. I think this minority could possibly last four years. Actually, the LPC and NDP aren’t too far apart–they could get along quite well in their respective parts of the House..
There really isn’t a benefit to a coalition in this perspective–particularly when the LPC won the most seats and doesn’t need a coalition to get support of the House.”
So a coalition government may not actually be so close on the horizon after all.