Stephen Harper is like the guy who loses a coin toss (i.e. upcoming by-elections) and then says: “let’s make it the best two out of three”.
How is this for Harper’s dysfunctional on again, off again democracy du jour:
Harper calls three federal byelections
By THE CANADIAN PRESS
July 25, 2008
Stephen Harper in a file photo. (CP PHOTO/Jonathan Hayward)
OTTAWA - Canadians will get an early look at a general election writ small this fall after Prime Minister Stephen Harper called federal byelections in three ridings in Quebec and Ontario.
The results of the Sept. 8 vote will reflect the impact of the slowing economy on Harper's Conservative party fortunes. They'll also provide an early indicator of any bounce or bottoming out as a result of Liberal Leader Stephane Dion's decision to make the environment the centrepiece of his summer stumping at a time when manufacturing jobs are disappearing in Canada's two most populous provinces.
The Conservatives are actively minimizing their chances in the by-elections, belying significant efforts they're making in at least two of the contests.
Harper calls a 4th federal byelection,
August 17, 2008 |
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called a fourth federal byelection for Sept. 22 in the Toronto riding of Don Valley West, setting the stage for a possible general election later this fall.
Voting in three other federal ridings for Sept. 8 was already announced last month by Harper. They include the Ontario riding of Guelph, and Saint-Lambert and Westmount-Ville-Marie in Quebec.
The Don Valley West riding had been held by long-serving Liberal John Godfrey, who signalled his intention to resign the seat some time ago but didn't make it official until Aug. 1.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
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