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SPRING LECTURE SERIES at Hycroft – Parliament Interrupted: The Surprising Aftermath of the 2008 Federal Election
May 19, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10.00
Expect the Unexpected: A Surprising (?)
Life is full of surprises. Sometimes we make assumptions that turn out to be incorrect, and we are intrigued and (hopefully) illuminated by what we learn from these experiences. Join faculty from Langara College as we explore several topics, both historical and contemporary, perhaps discovering some unexpected things along the way.
Members $5+tax (members must sign in to their account to receive the ticket discount);
Speaker: Stephen Phillips, Department of History, Latin and Political Science
Topic: Parliament Interrupted: The Surprising Aftermath of the 2008 Federal Election
Election results in Canada typically leave no doubt as to which party is to form the government. However, the aftermath of the federal election of 2008 proved to be an exception to that rule. While Prime Minister Stephen Harper proceeded to form his second minority government, a series of unexpected events mere weeks after the election threatened to bring down the new government and replace it with a coalition government of the Liberal and New Democratic parties. That event was forestalled by the unexpected response of Stephen Harper, which in turn drew the Governor General into a political controversy not seen in Canada since 1926.
*This lecture will be held at Hycroft.