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This article was published 19/8/2008 (3263 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
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-