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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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Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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