Conflicting election dates!
One of the good things about fixed dates for some provincial and all federal elections is that politicians and citizens know when the elections will occur. However, the potential for conflicts has always been a potential issue. Polemic and Paradox has discussed the issue in the past.
In 2011, voters in the province endured a Spring Federal Election and a Fall Provincial Election which set the stage for a conflict in the fall of 2015. There is a an overlap brewing which has the potential to confuse voters, beat the crap out of volunteers and create tons of confusion.
The Canada Elections Act. It requires that each general election is takes place on the third Monday in October of every fourth year, which is on October 19th, 2015.
Newfoundland and four other provinces/territories have election around the same time. In this province, baring the resignation of the Premier, the next general election is scheduled for the Tuesday prior to the federal election, October 13, 2015.
Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories also have elections slated for the fall of 2015
Manitoba passed a legislative amendment to it's election act that will facilitate going to the polls in April of 2016 – instead of October 2015, in the event of an anticipated overlap. The following election
date would revert to the fall, four calendar years later.
There is nothing on the current legislative agenda before the House of Assembly to deal with the possible overlap.
Of course, it might take a bit of dialogue between the Prime Minister and the Premier. Prime Minister Harper has been a little distant since he won the federal election with the support of Premier Kathy Dunderdale, whom he subsequently abandoned on the alter of Conservatism.
I am sure the last thing that provincial Tories want is to provide voters an opportunity to confuse the two at the ballot box.