Federal Election Delay Possibility
MY CANADA at Timmy’s coffee shop…
FEDERAL ELECTION DELAY SPECULATION
This session of MY CANADA will begin with an assumption then progress into a series of issues, situations, rumours (maybe) and facts with respect to the scheduled October federal election.
Some Timmy coffee shop speculation is the Harper Conservative will nullify their election date legislation before the current October election. The theory is based on the fact the Harper CPC suspended parliament to avoid defeat by the opposition during his reign of power. The current Conservative majority in the House could delay the election to the full five year term allowed by law or even further if the recent legislation is flaunted or amended then passed by the Conservative majority. The party proved in the past four years that everything is possible to retain power.
The election tampering theory might be indicated as a possible plan for the Harper CPC after several appointed ministers led by high profile Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird recently resigned. Some media reports indicated a substantial number of CPC members refrained from voting on the C51 bill to extend and expand the Iraqi bombing mission into Syria. However Bill C51 did pass with the a majority even after opposition parties and tracking polls indicated the majority of Canadians were not in favour of the legislation in its present form.
Simply repeating some of the things the Conservatives did in recent years according to articles in media reports on Canada’s political scene in 2015 alone might tend to indicate the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is considering a more radical move. The Duffy trial and the April 21st delayed federal budget might be manipulated into reasons for considering an election delay. Both situation s are just beginning to capture news headlines and the distain of opposition politicians. If the CPC feels their need to retain power is in jeopardy changes will most certainly be at least attempted.
So a list of some current and past items should show the changes currently taking place in traditional Canadian values. The Alberta oil sands and well production together with the unplanned declined in the price of oil is a starting point. After years of controversy about the need to keep Alberta oil development front and center to offset the decline in Canada’s manufacturing and service industries without a plan B the country seems to be facing a sharp economic decline led by job losses. Unresolved issues needing immediate attention in the CPC view such as education and health care reform, the need to further hone the law and order agenda to deal with the over 1000 dead and missing aboriginal women are a couple of issues. The need to increase infrastructure funding is another reason that might be floated to dispense with an election for the time being. The CPC might even point to the lead in the polls reclaimed after recent CPC decisions successfully implemented to ease the pressure on the economy in rent months. It could possibly all be accomplished by legislation to extend election timing while simultaneously legislating to reform the Supreme Court of Canada structure. The claim might be the SCC does not reflect the current need and direction of Canada since the next generation of Canadians must face a rapidly changing international threat by ISIS. Canada must be a world leader to stop the current ISIS or ISIL plan to negate structured national borders. Does the idea sound like science fiction or simply a direction the Harper CPC might try to take the country?