Don’t send out invites for your election night party just yet

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.




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Don’t send out invites for your election night party just yet

  1. breaking rules for no reason – hey it’s fun!

    • Creating the rules for no reason, actually. No, wait: creating them intentionally to break them.

      • creating rules for questionable but not necessarily bad purpose, breaking them on a whim for perceived advantage!

  2. Fixed election dates are asinine within the context of a Parliamentary system anyways. To make them binding, majority or minority, the Constitution would have to be amended. Nothing prevents the GG from dissolving Parliament, and nothing, beyond politics, prevents the PM from asking the GG to do it.

    • While it still wouldn’t be binding, I think making it a criminal offense to ask the GG for an election without the approval of the House of Commons might do the trick.

      Make it a summary conviction offense with a penalty of house arrest (or perhaps House arrest would be even better) for the entirety of the next election period, and a fine not to exceed $0.05/Canadian citizen.

  3. 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

    What a boorish lout Harper is

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