Andrew Scheer says "modern convention" holds that, should Justin Trudeau's Liberals fail to win more seats than the Conservatives next week, Trudeau must step down and allow the Conservatives to govern Canada.
"Modern convention" says that no one should ever deign to become prime minister without first demonstrating an ability to hold down a job, any job, in the private sector for at least two consecutive years running. No one, whose resume consists of "summer help, counter clerk" should ever be considered fit for premiership. Never, ever.
Show me a 40-year old guy who submits a job application that lists under 'job experience' a 6-month stint in 2005 as a counter clerk in a mom and pop insurance agency and doesn't get asked to leave the premises fast before they call the cops.
Elizabeth May to the Rescue.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said Thursday it is "astonishing" that party leaders "don't seem to understand our system."
She said Scheer is knowingly "misleading" Canadians about the country's parliamentary traditions.
"The convention is quite the opposite of what Mr. Scheer is telling people. I'm not advocating it. I'm explaining what the rules are. The convention is the party that held power before the election has first crack at seeing if they can hold the confidence of the House ... Mr. Trudeau, gets first crack at it," she said. "We elect 338 MPs and they have a right to decide who should form government at the end of an election."
In Canada's system of Westminster parliamentary democracy, the prime minister and the cabinet must answer to the House of Commons and they must enjoy the support and the confidence of a majority of the members of the chamber to remain in office.