NDP, Liberals, and Greens get ready for possible spring federal election

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      Stephen Harper did it once. His opponents suspect he’ll do it again.

      The original deed was in 2008, when the prime minister called an election a year ahead of the October 19, 2009, date provided in 2007 legislation that his Conservative government introduced. Another election followed in 2011, though not at Harper’s choosing, when his administration fell on a nonconfidence motion in Parliament.

      By law, the next election should be on October 19, 2015, but those in the opposition are preparing to hit the hustings in the spring.

      Don Davies, NDP MP for Vancouver Kingsway, believes that Harper will make a move after he delivers the federal budget in February.

      “If he brings in the budget and it’s a surplus, it allows Harper to kind of craft—at least attempt to craft—the ballot question as he launches the campaign,” Davies told the Straight in a phone interview.

      According to Davies, the prime minister will likely want to define the question theme as: “Conservatives would rather give money back to hard-working Canadians and try to frame the NDP and the Liberals as being, you know, big spenders who would rather put that money into government programs”.

      Liberal Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray indicated that her party will be prepared regardless.

      “Either way, Liberals will be ready when the election is called,” Murray told the Straight by phone. “We’ve been working hard to nominate people right across the country.”

      Greens in Burnaby South are also preparing. Nominations have to be submitted by the middle of this month, according to the riding association’s chief executive, Carrie McLaren.

      McLaren ran for the Greens in the past, but she told the Straight by phone that she’s thinking of sitting out this time.




      Jan 7, 2015 at 5:21am

      Yep the Libs and NDP will be ready for the election whenever it is called. That's the talking point that all parties give. It is pure b.s. If Harper does call an early election they will be caught with their pants down. However, he said no election until Oct. and I suspect he will stick to that timetable regardless of how many opposition members speculate otherwise.

      Victor Ross

      Jan 7, 2015 at 11:23am

      If PM Harper calls an early election it will be to ask Canadians for a renewed mandate to continue to implement the February Budget and to stand strong against terrorism in Canada and in the Middle East.

      He will ask Canadians to choose between his leadership and the leadership of two quebecois leaders - Trudeau and Mulcair. Wonder who Canadians will prefer?!

      brenton siddons

      Jan 8, 2015 at 12:38am

      I find it odd that the lefty pundits are all agog about an early election...almost sounds as if they are trying to convince Harper to go early due to juniors dropping poll numbers..

      Ronald Jay

      Jan 8, 2015 at 5:25am

      PM Harper has learned his lessons well from Jean Chretien - Take no enemies and damn the torpedoes.
      Forge ahead it is not illegal or moral to do so.