I know this is a little late, but I was out of town when the election was called. While I find it amusing that Harper is calling an early election after passing a law setting fixed election dates, I think it was a good decision.
As it stands now there are some serious questions about the Liberals’ and more specifically Dion’s ability to function as an effective opposition to the Conservatives, to say nothing of their ability to govern. This election should conclusively prove the Liberals’ and Dion’s critics right or wrong. And allow the Liberals, if the critics are proved right, to dump Dion and get busy fixing their party.
Answering these questions convulsively should be beneficial to every Canadian regardless their political leanings.