Like most Canadians, I hardly ever think of Manitoba. But if this story is true, our snow-blown cousins are set to step out of the frozen tundra and change the very course of Canadian history!
The colour of spring may be orange, blue and red in Manitoba this year.
Premier Gary Doer is poised to call an election any time now and his main rival -- Opposition Leader Hugh McFadyen -- believes it could be this Thursday.
"We're certainly preparing for the possibility that (Doer) could drop a budget on Wednesday and call an election Thursday even without any vote on the budget," said McFadyen.
McFadyen said the uncertainty in Ottawa and a possible federal election towards the end of April may compel Doer to go sooner rather than later.
Doer's spokesman, Jonathan Hildebrand, did not confirm or deny the possibility of the writ being dropped this week, only that the premier does not want the provincial election to overlap with a federal campaign.
Doer's latest term began in 2003, so he pretty much has to go this year. I find it very hard to believe that, should Doer pull the plug this week and presumably hold the vote near the end of April, Harper would turn around and within days call a Federal election. Further, with an Ontario election in October, Harper's window to act becomes very narrow, unless he wants to risk calling Canada to the polls in midsummer, which would be the kiss of death as far as I'm concerned (remember David Peterson!)
So, if Doer drops the writ over the course of the next couple of weeks, I will being even more confirmed in my belief that THERE WILL BE NO SPRING ELECTION, AND PERHAPS NO ELECTION IN ALL OF 2007. I still won't be taking bets, mind you...