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Guelph Politico is locally sourced and dedicated to covering the political and cultural scene in the City of Guelph. Est. 2008.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Harper Ruins Everything!

Kidding. Kind of. The Guelph Mercury/Rogers Television debate that was scheduled for tomorrow night at the Guelph Place Banquet Hall has been cancelled, or rather postponed, until the writ for the general election is dropped. Possibly as early as Friday. All-in-all, not a great day for me and scheduled events as I went down to the University of Guelph campus to cover a rally for Elizabeth May, only to discover that it was canceled.

In other news, the Toronto Star recognized our by/general election dilemma yesterday with a fascinating article. Apparently if a general election is called, all work done on the by-election is cancelled and our local Elections Canada office has to start again from scratch in order to make all things, nationwide, fair. Same goes for Saint-Lambert and Westmount–Ville-Marie.

"'Our job is to run the by-election and until we hear differently, it's business as usual,' Budra told the Toronto Star. 'If we have to start again, we start from scratch.'

"Still many things are up in the air and another Elections Canada staffer in Guelph says they'd be waiting for instructions from Ottawa if the by-elections are cancelled. It could be a scramble for them if Harper waits until Sept. 7 to do it, as rumoured."

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