Pizza Parliament


A term invented by pundits during the 1993 election campaign when an unprecedented five major parties (the incumbent Progressive Conservatives, the Liberals, the NDP, and the upstart Reform Party and Bloc Quebecois) were all vying for seats in Parliament, raising the specter of a hopelessly divided parliament.

The “pizza” qualifier was a reference to the raucous, divided and largely ungovernable parliaments that had bedeviled Italy for most of the last six decades.

As with most doom-and-gloom predictions favored by Canada’s political analysts, the much feared “pizza parliament” did not come to pass – the Liberals won a strong majority mandate.

However, that has not stopped the appetizing metaphor from being reheated during subsequent elections, including the 2015 election, which would end in a similar fashion.


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