Why an early election helps Stephen Harper

Global News

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to ask the Governor General to drop the writ Sunday, marking the beginning of Canada’s longest federal election campaign in over a century.

While campaigning might not start in earnest until September, the long campaign is likely to help the Conservative Party – both in terms of money and strategy.

Before the Conservative introduced the Fair Elections Act, there was a defined spending limit for the campaign regardless of how long or short it was.  That’s different now. Elections Canada sets the spending limit for each election based on the number of electors and candidates in order to level the playing field during the campaigns.

This year, the limit is expected to be around $25 million, but we won’t know for sure until the writ drops.  If the writ drops Sunday, the campaign would be 78 days long and would push…

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