Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Fixed election dates

Not dates for fixed elections.
Remember this one?

Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act.
(This enactment amends the Canada Elections Act to provide that, subject to an earlier dissolution of Parliament, a general election must be held on the third Monday in October in the fourth calendar year following polling day for the last general election, with the first general election after this enactment comes into force being held on Monday, October 19, 2009. The enactment also provides that the Chief Electoral Officer may recommend an alternate day if the day set for polling is not suitable.)

It's being studied in a Senate committee this week, and it looks like it will pass. Effectively, there would be an election campaign period of about seven weeks (the time between Labour Day and Election Day.

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