Something that I haven't seen in the headlines yet is the fact that the Governor General names the prime minister once the leader of the party with the most seats puts together a viable coalition in order to govern.
Is it possible that the Conservatives would form a coalition with Arch-enemy Liberals? Separatist Bloc? Lefty NDP?
It's strange that the most similar platform with the Conservatives is that of the Bloc Quebecois. The BQ was born out of right wing politics. But would the Conservatives let their image be tarnished with the cooperation with said separatists?
So the dilemma - if the Conservatives can't put together a coalition, the baton gets passed to the Liberals who would be unable to put together a 155 seat coalition with the NDP and that 1 guy. They would need a whole bunch of Belinda Stronachs to pull it off. Incidentally, Stronach was re-elected. She's not a cabinet minister this time though.
Who comes next? Ha! the BQ.
Oh well, I guess I'm just musing. But Parliament does have this rule. It should be relatively interesting to see how it pans out. I imagine they'll put some provisional thing together and go from bill to bill.