|The end of the Harper era|
Earlier Wednesday, Mulcair was also asked whether he would support a Conservative minority government.
"There isn't a snowball's chance in hell," he said.
"There's no likelihood that the NDP would ever, under any circumstances, be able to support Mr. Harper, his divisive politics, his backward economics that have left 400,000 manufacturing jobs disappear over the last few years."
That echoed a pledge from Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who said Tuesday there are "no circumstances" in which he would support Harper staying on as prime minister with a minority.
This means the end of Harper as prime minister of Canada, unless he wins a majority of seats in the House (that’s 170 seats).
So far, just about every poll over the past 12 months has shown that the Conservatives will not gain a majority of seats. Their best bet is a slim minority.
And this means what with both the NDP and Liberal Party firmly committed to voting no-confidence in a Harper minority government, we are due for a change of government after the election.
Whether it will be led by Tom Mulcair or by Justin Trudeau as prime minister, will depend on one seat: the party with the most seats of these two parties will be given first crack at forming a government that enjoys the confidence of the House (170 MPs).
And with both the NDP and LPC committed to making this election the very last one under the archaic first past the post (FPTP) system, we are about to venture into the era of modern, representative democracies.