Monday, October 24, 2016
It Is Clearly The Purvue Of The Right Honourable Gentleman For Papineau
October XXIVth, MMXVI
Hon. Dave Eggen, B. Ed., MLA, Minister of Education, New Democratic, Edmonton-Calder
Now the way I read this in regards to the federal byelection in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner today (& students of electoral politics I hope will contact me if I'm wrong) & in the upcoming byelections to be held in Calgary-Heritage & Calgary-Midnapore, it is up to the Right Honourable Gentleman for Papineau, a Mr. Justin Trudeau, Liberal to go to His Excellency The Right Honourable The Governor-General David Johnston to go & ask for the byelection writs to be dropped. Just as it was the responsibility of the Former Right Honourable Gentleman for Calgary-Heritage, a Mr. Stephen Harper, Conservative (then Calgary-Southwest before the writ dropped) to go to the same Governor-General to have the regular election writ dropped in MMXV.
Mr. Trudeau in his capacity as Leader Of The Liberal Party/Parti Of Canada might from then a tactical standpoint only want to call one byelection at a time say two weeks apart & go see the Governor-General twice. The Liberals are not going to snatch away a Calgary seat who last occupant was a Conservative Leader & Prime Minister. But they may have a shot at Mr. Kenney's old seat. Plus splitting the byelections into two different election dates will ensure that Elections Canada does its usual superb job in terms of providing a clean & accurately counted election which only paper ballots can produce. Plus it would save the Liberals & any challengers for the seat from having to split limited resources over two separate ridings whereas staggering those resources will let them maximize them to the full in both. I have been an Elections Canada employee in several regular elections & one byelection but for the record I am not here. Nor am I affiliated with any federal party that might want to run a candidate, or has already nominated a candidate in the two Calgary byelections to come. All I want to do is give every candidate an = chance of winning or losing, based on their own merits once the respective byelection writs are in fact dropped!