Majority government

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A majority government is when a ruling party (or multiple ruling parties) has more than half the seats in a legislature. This is different from a minority government, when the party with the most seats in a legislature has less than half the seats, and a coalition government, when multiple different parties work together to govern.[1] Usually when elections happen, the parties try to win a majority government. This is because majority governments let them pass all their legislation.[2]

Sometimes, when parties have a very stable coalition for a very long time, people call it a majority government. One example of this is in Australia, where the Liberal and National have parties have worked together in a coalition for several decades.

References[change | change source]

  1. Marleau, Robert; Montpetit, Camille (eds.). "Majority Supporting the Government". House of Commons Procedure and Practice (2000 ed.). Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 24 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Minority vs. Majority Governments". British Columbia Learning Network. 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Video by Global News explaining the difference between a majority, minority, and coalition government