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Canada’s prime minister calls parliamentary election for October

Canada’s prime minister calls parliamentary election for October

Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday called a parliamentary election for Oct. 19, kicking off an 11-week campaign — a marathon in Canada — that is likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power.

Polls indicate that Harper’s right-of-center Conservative Party, which has been in office since 2006, could well lose its majority in the House of Commons.

That would leave him at the mercy of the two main center-left opposition parties, which could unite to bring him down. Minority governments in Canada rarely last more than 18 months.

Source: Canada’s prime minister calls parliamentary election for October – The Washington Post