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The NHL has announced that the 2008 Stanley Cup Champions, the Detroit Red Wings, may be stripped of their prize and the Cup will be awarded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Although the Leafs did not even make the playoffs, they have formed a Coalition with the Montreal Canadians and Ottawa Senators and together now have enough support to claim Hockey's ultimate prize. In a prepared statement Leafs general manager Brian Burke stated that the Red Wings no longer enjoyed the confidence of the league, and the newly formed Cup Coalition had agreed to assume power.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland has asked commissioner Gary Betman to prorogue the league to allow them time to prepare a new starting line up. NHL comissioner Gary Betman cut short a trip to Europe to return attend to the brewing crisis he will meet with Holland on Saturday to decide the fate of the Wings.

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I think I understand the joke, but not being a hockey fan and not being Canadian, I am not absolutely sure.

However, Expatriate living in Alaska and being able to see Canada from his back door has a much greater understanding of Canada and thus, got the joke right away. Evil!

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We're in a bit of a parliamentary pickle up here. The Conservatives, who won the last election, don't have enough representatives to control the House. The other three parties have joined forces in a coalition to topple them. Under our system if a money bill gets defeated the ruling party must seek the permission of the Crown through the Governor General to continue governing as the House has "lost confidence" in the government.

Usually (every time it's happened until now) the GG will order the PM to call an election and take the matter to the people. Also, the GG can aske the opposition if they think they can govern as a coalition.

In this case, the PM knew he was going to lose the vote and asked the GG to "prorogue" parliament - basically suspend it so technically he hasn't lost confidence (yet) to allow the Conservatives time to re-hash their economic policy.

It's never been used before and understandably is causing quite a commotion here.

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Saskie:
I use to have a sign on my desk that sums it up quite nicely
" When You are up to your arse in alligators it is hard to realize your initial objective was to drain the swamp" Thumbs up

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It's sort of like a pack of wolves at a carcass. If some wolves are more powerful, they eat first and lesser wolves eat later and get lower-grade cuts. But at the end of the day most of the wolves have fed and the pack grows.

But if there's no dominance and the pack is fractured, the fight for power takes priority over eating. Nobody eats, the carcass rots, and the pack suffers.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of parliamentary government. It's the world's most popular form of democracy, but its power struggles can make US politics look like child's play.

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There's things I like about both systems. With ours I like the fact that a national party can campaign on an issue and (unless they blatantly lie - which of course never happens) you know what you can expect from them.

I like that in your system (from the outside looking in at least) it appears there is more room for local representation in that the President can't automatically assume that his party members will vote with him. They'll vote what their constituents want.

I also like the idea of voting directly for the Head of State separate from the House or the Senate. I'm not sure it would make a difference as our Head of State has very few actual powers (but as we were all reminded this year they do have an actual role in government). There have been some Liberals and even a few NDP leaders I would have liked as PM even though I definitely did not want their party policies governing the country. Just men who struck me as honest, straight and men of prinicple and character, even if I didn't agree with their party line.

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As an American raised in our system, the idea of the ruling party in Congress picking the president from within its own ranks is downright alarming. But that's cultural background talking.

We're actually more of a direct democracy now than we were for most of our country's history. Up until the 17th Amendment was passed in 1913, US senators were chosen by state legislatures, rather than through popular election.

As much as I dislike the way our elections run, I like how two out of three branches of our government are directly accountable to the people, rather than insiders.

But on the other hand, watching British Parliament on TV is a whole lot more entertaining than watching Congress. I don't know how it works in Ottawa, but the Brits have made political debate into an art form.

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