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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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Thursday, July 31, 2014
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U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

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U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

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Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

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Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

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Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

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Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

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House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

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McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

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The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

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Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

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Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

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Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

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The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

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The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

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Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

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Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

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CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

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Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

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CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

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That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

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Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

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Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

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The lineup.

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The scene.

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Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

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CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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