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Like a fourth wave of COVID, an election call is always lurking

By Tim Powers      

There is arguably never a perfect moment to call an election. But those who do call them like to control as many variables as they can.

Any overtly self-interested politician or political party could get one hell of a whipping if they disregard the fact public anxiety and irritability are high for their own gain. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a wily and cunning politician who is still likely to keep as many options open as he can, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Is the possibility of a federal spring election dead? Based on the intensity of the COVID-19 variant outbreaks in provinces like Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, you’d have to conclude yes. But the prime minister is a wily and cunning politician who is still likely to keep as many options open as he can. So sensible punters bet against a race anytime soon, but don’t assume it has been fully pulled off the table yet.

Tim Powers

Tim Powers is vice-chairman of Summa Strategies and managing director of Abacus Data. He is a former adviser to Conservative political leaders.
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