Early elections are set in Canada

Canada's government calls an early election

Prolonged speculation over whether Canada’s minority Conservative government would call an early election has ended with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement that voters will go to the polls on October 14th. This is a full year ahead of the date Mr Harper proposed in legislation submitted after he assumed power in January. In putting aside that date, Mr Harper says he aims to address the “dysfunctional” parliament. However, it is more likely that yet another minority government will emerge.

Both Mr Harper and the opposition Liberal Party have recently dropped hints that they might be ready to go to the polls sooner rather than later. Mr Harper earlier insisted that his minority government would not precipitate an election before the scheduled 2009 date. But he laid down the gauntlet in early August, challenging the Liberals to pass various pieces of Conservative legislation when parliament reconvenes on September 15th, or to topple the government by joining forces with the other two opposition parties to reject the bills. ...


[Source: The Economist: News analysis - Posted by FreeAutoBlogger]

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