‘I don’t speculate, and I particularly don’t speculate on my own actions’: Harper mum on early election rumours

National Post

Stephen Harper isn’t offering any hints on when he will formally begin the campaign for his fourth term as Canada’s prime minister, though he said the election date itself is set in stone.

“I don’t speculate, and I particularly don’t speculate on my own actions,” Harper said in an interview Wednesday at his Ottawa office. “Obviously, there is an important decision coming up for Canadians Oct. 19.”

Recent reports from Reuters and the Huffington Post suggest Harper’s Conservative government is considering beginning the campaign as early as this weekend, which would make it the longest electoral contest in Canada since 1872.

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The Conservatives, who took power in 2006, face a tight three-way race in the fall vote against the left-leaning New Democratic Party and the centrist Liberals.

According to national averages compiled this week by polling aggregator ThreeHundredEight.com for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., the Conservatives and the NDP…

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