... I do not think it means what you think it means:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper pulled the plug on his own minority government on Sunday, setting off a national election campaign that will send voters to the polls on Oct. 14.
He said the campaign comes at "a time of global economic trouble" and voters will have the opportunity to choose in the campaign "between a clear direction or uncertainty."
Quite right because, more than anything, we Canadians need some "certainty" in our lives. You know, the kind of "certainty" we all assumed we had back here:
The Senate has passed a bill that will require federal elections to be held every four years.
The proposed legislation, Bill C-16, which is scheduled to receive royal assent on Thursday, would mean Oct. 19, 2009, is the date of the next general election.
After the bill is proclaimed into law, opposition parties will still have the power to force an election earlier than the fixed date if a minority government is defeated in a confidence vote.
Once the bill becomes law, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not be able to call an election on his own.
Well, Stephen certainly suckered us all on that one, didn't he? And that's for sure.