The profession I chose was politics; the profession I entered was the law. I entered the one because I thought it would lead to the other. It was once the same road; and Congress is [s]till full of lawyers.
One-hundred and twenty-five years later, and across an international border, this quote still holds true. A quick search of current members of the House demonstrates that 45 of the 308 MPs have their occupation listed as “lawyer.”
Earlier this morning Prime Minister Harper dissolved parliament and called for an early election. The move was not without controversy.
Bill C-16, an amendment to the Canada Elections Act, was intended to fix the election date for the third Monday in October 2009, to prevent politically opportune moves to call an early election.
Others indicate that the Governor-General’s position is purely ceremonial, and by convention she could not decline the request.
Most Canadians won’t care either way, as less than two-thirds begrudgingly trek to the polls.
Those peripherally interested in keeping score might be interested in the new Ekos Election Poll website launched today. But Ipsos-Reid says these polls, like all polls, should be taken with a grain of salt.
Just weeks after the Olympic games close in China, the political games will begin here in Canada. Let the games begin.