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January 16, 2006: Election Day?

07-Nov-05 11:44 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments
With the withdrawal of support by the Canadais socailist New Democratic Party (NDP) today, the probable election day appears to be Monday, January 16, 2006.  That’s based on the following:
  • Elections in Canada, must fall on a Monday,
  • the duration of an election campaign must be a minimum of 36 days,
  • most often, the shortest possible campaign is desired because a longer campaign entails greater expense for each party,
  • none of the opposition parties wants to table a motion of confidence in the Parliament prior to Dec. 8, and
  • on Dec 8, the first of a series of money bills whose defeat would constitute a vote of automatic non-confidence would trigger an election without any single opposition party appearing to have caused it.

My own riding is that of Ottawa-Vanier, held by Liberal House Leader, Mauril Belanger.  Not sure if he’s got my vote this time though.  The Gomery Inquiry scandal has definitely left the hint of chagne in the air. But a Conservative vote wouldn’t likely be in the majority in this riding. Ottawa-Vanier is a largely bilingual population; a mix of lower-income and upper-class (Rideau Hall is in this riding).  This is a Liberal stronghold and will likely go that way again, despite Gomery fallout.

Election excitement, if there is any will have to come from elsewhere and, I suspect would monstly come after Christmas in any event.  That is, if there’s any "excitement" to be had from this election. 😉  I’m more frequently finding myself amongst the growing apathetic masses….

But, if one wants to be engaged: stumbled across one useful website this evening doing a bit of pre-election research: http://www.howdtheyvote.ca.  Here one can find out how their local politician voted on a variety of different issues.  One also gets an idea for what legislation might get a hearing before the current Parliament is defeated. I’m still following Bill C-60, which looks like it’s far enough down the list that it might not get passed before the House is porogued (thank God).

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