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In a matter of days we could be headed towards a federal election. If true, a wide range of issues will hit both the leading Conservatives and the hopeful Liberals, but none, perhaps, will be more important than the issue of trust.
After taking power, Prime Minister Steven Harper snarled his caucus would play out its four years in office unless the opposition wanted to force the minority government to go back to the polls. But with Stephan Dion's Liberals looking like a one-issue party with its Green Shift strategy and Dion rallying he could have struck down the government in the Spring but felt the Canadian public was too tired to handle election fever, Harper is saying he's going to think long and hard whether he should go back on his word and ask the Governor General to dissolve government and ramp up a Fall election, laying the blame on the Liberals by saying he doesn't feel the minority government can carry on.
Dion, on the other hand, has run the gauntlet of yes, no, maybe on too many issues and only now seems ready to talk tough as the Liberals are matching the Conservatives in popularity, after a lackluster year of backing off and even going as far as not showing up at Parliament during what many Canadians feel are important issues.
Harper, meanwhile, carries the albatross of unilaterally frustrating the Atlantic Accord and making the contract moot. Regardless of whatever formulae strategy pundits elect best for Nova Scotia - the Conservative's equalization formulae or the accord co-written by former Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm -- Harper's name has been mud since the fracas.
And then there's Nova Scotia. This fall communities all across the ocean's playground province will go to the polls and elect their municipal governments; the people they will deal with on a face-to-face level for four years. Surly both the Conservatives and Liberals understand the cost of an election both physically and socially, be it federal, provincial or municipal. Were an election to be called it's suffice to say this talk of voter fatigue, trust and doing what's right for the Canadian public is mere lip service and, unfortunately, neither have paid attention to Nova Scotia when it comes to the grand scheme of things.

Organizations: Conservatives

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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