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The sham fixed election date law

So too was Stephen Harper's promise to pass it, and his talk of increased transparency, accountability, and his assault on prime ministerial prerogatives in the 2006 election campaign.

TORONTO—Stockwell Day thought in 2000 that he could Jet Ski into the Prime Minister's Office in his swimsuit. He was so confident in his abilities; hubris led him to challenge Jean Chrétien to call an election. The Liberal caucus overwhelmingly opposed the idea but Chrétien would hear none of that and reminded them that the timing of the election was at his discretion. The Canadian Alliance, unprepared and caught flat-footed, saw the Liberals sail to an easy victory. Cries arose that the Prime Minister's prerogative in setting election dates was unfair and undemocratic, an abuse of power. Three provinces, led by British Columbia, passed fixed election date laws that require an election every four years.

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The sham fixed election date law

So too was Stephen Harper's promise to pass it, and his talk of increased transparency, accountability, and his assault on prime ministerial prerogatives in the 2006 election campaign.

TORONTO—Stockwell Day thought in 2000 that he could Jet Ski into the Prime Minister's Office in his swimsuit. He was so confident in his abilities; hubris led him to challenge Jean Chrétien to call an election. The Liberal caucus overwhelmingly opposed the idea but Chrétien would hear none of that and reminded them that the timing of the election was at his discretion. The Canadian Alliance, unprepared and caught flat-footed, saw the Liberals sail to an easy victory. Cries arose that the Prime Minister's prerogative in setting election dates was unfair and undemocratic, an abuse of power. Three provinces, led by British Columbia, passed fixed election date laws that require an election every four years.

  

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