A week from today I’m going up to Stratford, Ontario, with the Old Professor for a long weekend of theatre and renewing old acquaintances with a place that is dear to both of us. (Long-time readers know that Stratford was an annual pilgrimage of mine with my parents until last year when their relocation to Cincinnati meant giving it up.) I’m really looking forward to it; we’re going to see some great plays. And, I thought, we’re going to have a brief respite from all of the silly campaign news that dominates the media here in the U.S.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will call an election as early as this Sunday, kicking off what would be the longest federal election campaign in modern history, CBC News has confirmed.
The election is generally considered to be set for Oct. 19, 2015, under the Conservatives’ fixed election law, although there is wiggle room. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Bloomberg News Wednesday that he considers that date to be set in stone.
Dropping the writ more than 11 weeks before voting day will make it the longest campaign in modern history. The previous longest campaign was a 74-day one in 1926.
On the other hand, I would love to see an American election campaign that lasted only eleven weeks. I’d settle for eleven months.