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Why Canada’s permanent election campaign is here to stay

By Nelson Wiseman      

Long before Parliament’s dissolution in 2015, the Conservatives had run so many election ads that the official 'campaign' period meant much less than it once had—the standard had been 60 days in most elections until the rationale of shorting the campaign period to 37 days led to the use of a permanent voters list in 1997.

TORONTO—When Parliament was dissolved last August and the writ issued for the October election, the media reported that the election campaign would be 11 weeks, the lengthiest since 1872. The media, however, did not explain what made that long-ago campaign so drawn out. In Canada’s first two federal elections, the government determined the election date in each of the four provinces and the election taking place in them was conducted in splendid isolation in three separate months. The government

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