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Jeff caught this point made by Stephane Dion yesterday at his after-meeting press conference describing his meeting with Harper. It was a very good point he raised; one that our media friends haven’t asked one of Harper’s spokespersons yet – at least not that I’ve seen: What exactly precipitated the rush to an election in one night?

Sunday he called a fourth (by-election) in Don Valley West, and then on Monday he started talking about a general election. I asked him what happened during that night to ask supporters to work a whole summer, to use the taxpayers’ money, for nothing. But I didn’t get an answer.

Jeff speculates it was a way to force the Liberals to spend money on this particular riding in order for the party to have less during the general election. Perhaps – though I still think some bad news was seen by Harper and his advisers coming down the pipeline that abruptly made them change course and decide better to go now then later.

On a quirkier note, the Greens may be the only party in Canadian political history to have an MP that never actually sat in the House of Commons for them if Blair Wilson fails to get re-elected (credit to David Graham for making that rather astute observation).

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3 comments to Canadian political thoughts.

  • tdwebste

    Timing is everything.

    Canada/US synchronized election campaign.

    Will probably benefit the US republicans. And it will benefit Harper’s long term objective of blurring the political boundary separating Canada from the US.

    In the heat of the American election media. I hope people remember this is a separate Country with our own political concerns, and we don’t need a solution which is “best” for America. We need a solution which is best for Canada.

  • kwittet

    ALW…well said…Dikless dion had many oportunities to take harper down yet failed to do his job that the taxpayers pay him to do and step out on crucial votes. so…the fiberals are calling harper out on calling an election early yet where is the outrage about paying liberal mp’s and i use that term very loosely for stealing taxpayers money by not showing up to do thier jobs?

  • ALW

    Jeff speculates it was a way to force the Liberals to spend money on this particular riding in order for the party to have less during the general election. Perhaps – though I still think some bad news was seen by Harper and his advisers coming down the pipeline that abruptly made them change course and decide better to go now then later.

    Well, Jeff’s obviously a lot more insightful than you are. Are you really so dumb as to believe that Harper and his advisors sat down one night, pulled out the binders with all the latest polling numbers, and broke into a cold, panicky sweat about to quickly engineer an election and avoid the coming political stormclouds and the Dion juggernaut?

    Do you really, truly believe Stephen Harper is afraid to fight an election at any time, Scott? I mean, haevn’t you said he’s an arrogant, overconfident, cocky bastard? Did he not give Dion, again and again, the opportunity to vote non-confidence and cause an election – something which, I might add, you supported? How is this indicative of suddenness if Harper’s been willing to go to the polls for a year now!

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