With what at first seemed a rather random query, Bob Rae asked the Prime Minister yesterday about the timing of the 2015 election on account of the fact that the current fixed election date is likely to conflict with elections in several provinces. As it turns out, Mr. Rae was apparently on to something.
Stephen Harper: Mr. Speaker, I did not know the timing of the next election was still a subject in which the leader of the Liberal Party was keenly interested. We have noted, as he has just noted, that the date in law for the next election currently conflicts with several provincial elections that will occur at the same time. We are talking to our friends in the provinces about how to resolve this. I can assure parliamentarians we will bring forward a proposal on this well before the next election.