Minority government

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In a Parliamentary democracy, a minority government is formed when one party controls a plurality, but not an absolute majority, of the seats in the parliamentary assembly. The governing party thus has to seek cooperation from one or more opposition parties in order to pass legislation. They can fall if the other parties combine against the government in a vote of no confidence.

The current Canadian federal government led by Stephen Harper is a minority government; Harper's Conservative Party has just 40% of the members of parliament.