On the most recent TPM live-cast, I had the chance to interview both The Ottawa Citizens Former Editor-in-Chief, and current Professor at Mcgill University Andrew Potter, and journalist Brian Lilley.
One of the topics we discussed, was the highly implausible but interesting possibility of a snap-summer election.
Live Cast: You can view that live-cast by clicking here.
At that time, the discussion largely revolved around two articles written by husband and wife duo Don Lenihan and
Today, I believe we have the first steps being taken by the Liberal government to ensure their capacity to call such an election – if it is needed.
What are they doing exactly?
“The party is reportedly trying to rush through as many nominations this summer, at “a very quick pace” according to a party spokesperson. It has decided to ban nomination contests in most ridings, including for every incumbent who meets the following conditions”
- Participate in two or more “voter contact day of action” events in the last 12 months
- Record 3500 doors knocked or 5000 phone calls made
- Fundraise at least half of the ridings expense limit
- Provide a written plan for raising the rest of the funds required to reach the expense limit
- Signed up at least 30 new monthly donors
- Collect 150 nomination signatures from local party members
Why Does This Matter?
The move to rapidly firm up nominations greatly increases the odds that the party is preparing for an election.
Furthermore, limiting candidacies and forcing them to be done a year in advance, screams that there is a need to be prepared far earlier than normal, especially since the party is giving up months of time and effort that could be used to find better local candidates.
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