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Canadian PM asks for dissolution of Parliament, triggering new elections

Sunday, August 02, 2015 - 01:37

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's announcement triggers the start of a marathon 11-week campaign that is likely to focus on a sluggish economy and his decade in power. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday (August 2) called for the dissolution of Parliament and a parliamentary election for October 19. His announcement triggers the start of a marathon 11-week campaign that is likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power. "A national election is not a popularity contest. On October 19, Canadians will make a serious choice between proven real world experience and a dangerous approach that has failed before," Harper said in a televised address to the Canadian people. 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 Harper at the mercy of the two main center-left opposition parties, who could unite to bring him down. Minority governments in Canada rarely last more than 18 months.

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Canadian PM asks for dissolution of Parliament, triggering new elections

Sunday, August 02, 2015 - 01:37