Liberals are howling* that the Prime Minister has called two by-elections to be held on the eve of the Liberals’ leadership convention.
For the record, and as a handy reminder, here are a few examples of the Liberals’ sensitive timing when it came to general elections. Not by-elections – general elections.
April, 1997: Jean Chrétien drops writ for June general election on April 27th – Orthodox Easter Sunday.
October, 2000: Jean Chrétien drops writ for November general election – four months after Stockwell Day was elected leader of the Canadian Alliance (yes, Day dared Chrétien to drop the writ, but that's not why they did it).
May, 2004: Paul Martin drops writ for June general election – two months after Stephen Harper was elected leader of the new Conservative Party (Team Martin was actually hoping to do it even earlier, but pesky sponsorship revelations kept forcing them to push the date back).
It's called the Golden Rule, boys and girls. Sucks, doesn’t it? So suck it. Hard.
Kitchener Conservative has also posted on this topic.
*Liberal party president Mike Eizinga calls it "a conniving, tactical play." Isn't Eizinga the guy for whom Team Martin booted Akash Maharaj out of the way for the party presidency? Well, I guess he would know from conniving.