Sunday, August 3, 2008

Bring on fall election, Liberals say

OTTAWA–The election dare that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has issued to the increasingly confident Liberals has set the stage for a fall election.

Bob Rae, the MP for Toronto Centre, said yesterday that his party believes it is in a good position to go to the polls.

"The issues are increasingly coming together and the differences between the Liberals and the Conservatives are very clear for everyone to see," said Rae, citing an earlier remark by Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion.

Rae was responding to the electoral challenge Harper hurled at the Liberals this week. When Parliament resumes sitting in the fall, the Prime Minister said, the Liberals must stop opposing the minority Conservative government's legislative priorities or defeat the Tories on a vote of confidence, forcing an election.

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