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Yesterday’s conventional wisdom: The Prime Minister will ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament late next week, setting up a vote on October 14.

Today’s gossip: October 14 is a Jewish holiday and, so as to avoid a vote on that day, the writ will drop this weekend or the campaign will be longer than originally planned.

Update. From Canadian Press. “Liberal insiders were pointing out Friday that the Tories’ preferred election date of Oct. 14 falls on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. They suggested Mr. Harper may court a backlash from the Jewish community, which he has courted assiduously for two years.

“A PMO official said Sukkot, along with Thanksgiving and several other religious holidays during October, ‘does present challenges’ in choosing an election day. But he noted that people can vote in advance polls if they can’t or don’t want to cast a ballot on election day.”

Update II. From the Globe. “The Canadian Jewish Congress has written a letter to the Prime Minister, warning that holding an election during Sukkot would make it difficult for some Jews to get to the polls and would rob political parties of workers. Mr. Harper also might suffer a backlash from a group of influential voters he has worked hard to court.”


BTC: New hotness

  1. Handy reference for other readers of Pravda;

    Our glorious leader was wearing a silly hat in a photo yesterday, so the election is already under way, writ or no writ. When he puts on a construction helmet, it’s approaching the halfway point.

  2. I hate on you Wherry, but this is a good catch.

    Good stuff.

  3. The EMP-ERROR is Pissed off .. what a mad hatter..
    Is there any of you remembering him appearing in publicly in a “NONSCRIPTED” way??? taking peoples questions directly and answering directly them openly on The spot??? NO he is a Preprogrammed Robot .I Can’t recall any of his speeches what would describe HIS VISION what are the Obscure Goals he wants to achieve and can’t do it working with parliament in the democratic traditions and ways.
    He wants totalitarian Ruling like Emperors of the Old world.
    The guy is a Sicko. Down with him.

  4. Well either Harper doesn’t really want the Jewish vote as much as he seems to over the last 2 years and they will go with October 14th or the story that was put out today signalling October 14th as the likely election date is a total misderection. Either way, nice catch.

  5. Brilliant scoop, Aaron. Mazel tov!

  6. Harper knows his demographics. Despite Jason Kenney’s sweaty presence, many members of the Jewish faith remain staunch Liberals. The question is, will this dent the thin inroads he’s been trying to make over the past few years?

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