Charles in Charge

There are those who complain, when Parliament becomes as closely divided as it is currently, that the balance of power falls into the hands of a small minority. They lament that the NDP are able to hold sway over the Liberals, or that a lone independant gets to decide whether the government stays in power or not.

Yet this view overlooks the fact that every elected MP is free to govern his or her own actions in the House. In the case of the upcoming budget vote that will determine the fate of Martin’s government, Chuck Cadman is often described as the one swing vote that will determine it. Cadman may have the appearance of greater importance because of this, yet every MP in the House has the power to change their vote. They may appear bound by party lines, but have a say in determining the fate of the government nonetheless.

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