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Who’s hankering for an election now?

Fewer Tories than you’d expect … on the record, at least


With the Liberal opposition mired in existential disarray and government poll numbers on the rise, it’s become an open secret in Ottawa that more than a few Conservatives are starting to feel a bit wistful towards the prospect of a fall election. But, as the Hill Times reports today, few are willing to say so in print. In fact, even those cloaked in anonymity admit the party’s now familiar “no one wants an election” mantra may make it difficult for the government to reverse course and orchestrate its own defeat. “Our messaging has been for months that now is not the time, so it will be difficult to turn around and pull the plug,” admitted a “top Conservative” in an interview last week. Another unnamed Tory agreed. “It’s hard to change that story right now and there’s merit in continuing to govern and move forward, particularly when that’s your story line. There are certain people who look at poll numbers and get excited, God bless them, but the reality is that the next real threat will be in the spring.”

The Hill Times

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Who’s hankering for an election now?

  1. But didn't Ignatieff say he was going to topple this government?

  2. Harper the great strategist, if he hadn't got greedy last year, broke his own fixed date election law and made that run for a majority.
    Harp now finds him self at his original fixed election date in that political sweet spot, but has to now be as crooked as a bent nail to engineer his own political demise, and make it look like the devil Liberals done it.
    O what a tangled web Harper wove when he set out to deceive.

  3. When that's "your story line"? Does anybody but me have problems with our government discussing it's actions like it's some sort of World Wrestling Entertainment arc?

    • Yes.

      "there's merit in continuing to govern and move forward" —> tell me, what exactly do you want to do with that majority?

  4. The government cannot morally call an election right now, even if they like the polling numbers. The election will come when there is either a compelling issue, or the NDP think they can gain seats in a new Parliament. The NDP like to pretend they are taking the moral high road, but they just are being realistic. You don't call an election when you support has slumped.
    I have no idea what Ignatieff is thinking. Only a foll would be conducting himself as he is.