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I couldn't help but recall the words of the immortal Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh when I considered the most recent round of sparring between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Stepane Dion over which great man would be responsible for causing the next federal election.Harper says Parliament is dysfunctional and he may have no choice but to call an election.Dion says, 'oh, yeah? Well, maybe I will defeat your government with a vote of non-confidence. So there!'Geez. The leaders of the two largest registered political parties are starting to come off like two kids at summer camp daring each other to kiss a girl.I understand the two parties would rather the other was responsible for forcing an election - for some reason it is fashionable in federal politics right now to be seen to be reluctant to go to the polls. But if you look at the basic lay of the land here, you can see that it's going to be more than a month before there is any serious consideration of calling an election/bringing down the government.It is unlikely anyone will force an election before the federal byelections in the fall, the last of which goes September 22. Barring surprising results, it will then be time to seriously consider going to the polls. And it's also unlikely anyone will want to be at the polls in November. With a roughly one-month campaign, you can do the math.Either way, it would be refreshing if Harper and Dion stopped the posturing and figured out whether there's going to be an election or not. As I write this, however, I'm forced to recall another scene from Bull Durham:Crash Davis: Go ahead, take the first shot.Nuke LaLoosh: No way man. I don't hit no man first.Get on with it.-30-

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About Dan Lett

Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school.

Despite the fact that he’s originally from Toronto and has a fatal attraction to the Maple Leafs, Winnipeggers let him stay.

In the following years, he has worked at bureaus covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa.

He has had bricks thrown at him in riots following the 1995 Quebec referendum, wrote stories that helped in part to free three wrongly convicted men, met Fidel Castro, interviewed three Philippine presidents, crossed several borders in Africa illegally, chased Somali pirates in a Canadian warship and had several guns pointed at him.

In other words, he’s had every experience a journalist could even hope for. He has also been fortunate enough to be a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations.

Other awards include the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Media Award and nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.

Now firmly rooted in Winnipeg, Dan visits Toronto often but no longer pines to live there.

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