* 'Nitish Kumar's food being ... ': Jitan Manjhi's startling allegation, a day after tongue-lashing from Bihar CM     * Supreme Court Raps Punjab Governor Over Delay In Bills    * Blinken brings a notable shift in US language toward Israel as pressure mounts at home and abroad    * Hidden camera catches ‘traumatic’ moment lift falls on passenger’s head when Air Canada staff struggle during the transfer to her wheelchair    * Edmonton police believe 11-year-old child was intentionally killed in daytime shooting

Harper to launch campaign as early as Sunday

Posted in Canada, Featured, Talking Politics

Published on July 31, 2015 with No Comments

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will call an election as early as this Sunday, kicking off what would be the longest federal election campaign in modern history,a leading TV channel from Ottawa reported .

The election is generally considered to be set for Oct. 19, 2015, under the Conservatives’ fixed election law, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Bloomberg News that he considers that date to be set in stone.

As per another important update by CBC, Harper is expected to go to Rideau Hall Sunday or Monday to ask Gov. Gen. David Johnston to dissolve Parliament. The Conservatives have sent out invitations to supporters for a rally in Montreal Sunday night. Harper is likely to head to Toronto after that. Rumours about possible dates have swirled around Ottawa in recent weeks, partly because of a change in electoral law thought to benefit the Conservative Party. Until last year, the spending limits were set no matter the length of a campaign, the minimum amount of time for which is 37 days (with voting day falling on the 37th day). But the Conservatives’ Fair Elections Act provided for the parties’ $25-million limits to be increased if the campaign is longer than 37 days: for each additional day the limit is increased by 1/37th, or an extra $675,000.

Candidates get an additional $2,700 a day to add to their usual limit of approximately $100,000.

Harper’s interview with Bloomberg raised some eyebrows for the prime minister’s assertion that he doesn’t “speculate” on what he will do in the future. That came in response to Bloomberg’s question about the election timing — a decision which rests entirely with the prime minister.

“I don’t speculate, and I particularly don’t speculate on my own actions…. Obviously, there is an important decision coming up for Canadians [on] Oct. 19,” Harper said.

The first leaders’ debate will fall in the first week of the campaign. The debate hosted by Maclean’s magazine was already set for Thursday, Aug. 6 in Toronto, but hadn’t been intended to fall during the campaign.


No Comments

Comments for Harper to launch campaign as early as Sunday are now closed.