This is Mike Crawley of the CBC on Twitter reporting on comments by Finance Minister Dwight Duncan:
Lib justifies by saying there was good chance opposition would've brought down govt during leadership
The McGuinty government is a minority government. It's mired in scandal and facing one contempt motion and possibly more while bottoming out in the polls. It's now operating with no leader, no interim leader and, shortly, vacancies in a number of seats at the cabinet table with all of that being at the decision of the Liberal party and not Ontario voters. But faced with the prospect that such a government might not be able to demonstrate that it still had the confidence of the legislature, Duncan thinks it's a test the government shouldn't have to face.
The alternative to a system that allows such tests to occur is a minority government that lacks "the confidence of the house" yet continues to control the agenda with no end in sight. Wouldn't that be a bloodless coup?
Duncan's suggesting that the legislature was shut down to avoid having it work exactly the way it's supposed to. In the process he's admitting that Ontario Liberals still refuse to acknowledge losing their majority last year.