Dion Will Meet Harper As Election Talk Heats Up -- CTV News
Monday will be Liberal Leader Stephane Dion's turn to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper ahead of what is widely expected to be a looming election call.
Dion had indicated he was too busy to meet with Harper before Sept. 9. After several attempts to set up a meeting, the prime minister suggested an election call could come with or without a Dion meeting.
The two are now slated to meet Monday at 4 p.m. at the prime minister's residence.
"I will ask Stephen Harper face to face to explain why he is in such a rush to violate the spirit of his own legislation," Dion said in a statement. "I will ask him to explain why he wants to break his word, yet again."
A centrepiece of Tory democratic reform initiatives in the last election was a law fixing election dates to be held every four years, with the first scheduled for October 2009. Harper has argued that the law only really applies in a majority-government situation.
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Harper meets Dion today as general election looms -- Calgary Herald
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Canada PM to meet opposition leader as election looms -- Reuters
My Comment: I would love to be a fly on the wall for this discussion. But the groundwork has already been set. Unless Dion is able to convinve Harper that there should be no Federal election .... we will be in one within the next few days.