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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.
  2. "Minority vs. Majority Governments". British Columbia Learning Network. 2006. Archived from the original on 29 May 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.

Other websites[change | change source]

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