Bob Hepburn believes that now is the time for Justin Trudeau to call an election:
In the last few days, Trudeau has been busy. He announced his choice of Mary Simon as Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General; promised a high-frequency passenger rail line between Toronto and Quebec City; announced in Sault Ste. Marie that his government is giving Algoma Steel $420 million to phase out coal-fired steelmaking; signed an agreement with Indigenous leaders in Saskatchewan to hand over management of child and family services; and met in Calgary with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
Trudeau insists he isn’t campaigning, but it sure looks like he’s campaign-ready.
If history is any guide, Canadians don't go to the polls during the summer. Fall is the favoured time for elections in this country:
Only three of the 35 federal elections since 1900 have been held in the summer, with votes being staged only twice in July (1974 and 1930) and once in August (1953). The last September election was in 1984, when the Conservatives under Brian Mulroney won a landslide victory. Before that, you have to go back to 1926 and 1911 to find a September vote.
The most popular month for an election is October, with eight being staged since 1900. Next in line are June with seven elections, and November with five.
Perhaps Trudeau is waiting for more news on COVID. But, for Hepburn, now is the time to go to the polls:
If he waits that long, he could miss his ideal window for winning re-election, especially if the economy turns down and COVID rears up again in the coming months, as some experts fear.
If that happens, Trudeau may never get another real shot at forming a government, an outcome that has ended the careers of many overly timid party leaders.
And, despite their slide in the polls, some Conservatives appear to agree. Our local Conservative candidate is out knocking on doors in our neck of the woods,
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