It bothers me too that the Tories keep describing this kerfuffle as a coup.
Let’s pretend he’s vaguely serious. If this was indeed a “coup,” would the Prime Minister not be obliged to declare martial law, call in the military and round up the leaders of this insurrection? Forget proroguing Parliament or rescheduling opposition days in the House, if the Prime Minister and his government are serious about the threat to our nation, let’s see tanks on the Hill. Anything less would be irresponsible, no?
And the media is playing along; I heard someone call it a “putsch” a few days ago. Points for creativity, but honestly, a putsch?
Coup is one of those serious words that has serious consequences and shouldn’t be used for theatrical effect. You wouldn’t call something a genocide unless it was actually a genocide.
MPs belong to a small group in society who are allowed, by law and by custom, to seize the levers of power. It’s like how your doctor gets to cut you but your neighbour does not. Now if someone came along and replaced the MPs, that would be a coup…
Finally, fulfilling the titular requirements of this post, some math:
Conservative popular vote 5,208,796 Liberal + NDP popular votes 6,148,746 Coalition + implicit support from Bloc 7,528,737 + Green Party for good measure 8,466,350
You’re outnumbered, boys. Things which are constitutional are not necessarily democratic, but in this case the “coup” is both.