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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

A 56-day election

E-day is January 23, 2006.  That means, counting today, that Canadians are entering a 56-day election.  The Canada Elections Act  (section 57) requires a minimum 36-day election (Writ period), with no maximum.  The Prime Minister could have asked the G-G to set e-day on January 9th or January 16th.  January 16th might have been a reasonable option given the likelihood of a Christmas "timeout" from, say, December 23rd through January 2nd.  That woud have been 49 days.  Even January 9th would have made it a 42-day Writ period.  But, 56 days?!

Outgoing Prime Minister Paul Martin spent the first portion of his speech blaming the Opposition for triggering "an election over the holidays."  Joan Tintor blogged about Mr. Martin's playing "the religion card" on this awhile ago, here, pointing out that religious holidays didn't prevent the Liberals' asking the G-G to drop the Writ on Orthodox Easter in 1997.

Posted by Russ Kuykendall on November 29, 2005 | Permalink


January 23rd election is due to customary dates for advance polls. See more details at www.trentstanley.blogspot.com

Posted by: Trent Stanley | 2005-11-29 9:26:06 AM

I think he chose Jan. 23 in order to fly under the international radar. Americans no doubt will be completely distracted with celebrations of their National Pie Day.

Posted by: Kevin Steel | 2005-11-29 9:43:06 AM

There sure are lots of fun ways to celebrate National Pie Day. Too bad the next one falls on the same day as our federal election.

Posted by: EBD | 2005-11-29 10:57:40 PM

So if having an election campaign through the holiday season ANGERS religious groups, what did the Librano's same-sex marriage issue do for these same groups???

Hypocrites, cheats and liars are what they are.

Posted by: Chris | 2005-12-01 12:24:24 AM

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