Why some Canadian governments might be thinking about early elections — and why that might be a bad idea

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/grenier-covid-minority-election-1.5662235

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Even in the best of times, there’s always an element of political risk when a minority government calls a snap election. That risk is exponentially greater in the midst of a pandemic — and yet, some governments across the country may be tempted. But not one of them has been bold enough to pull the plug yet. The temptation is understandable. Across the country, parties in power are seeing a surge in support over their handling of the pandemic. A bump in the polls is often the root cause of early elections. Minority governments tend to end for one of two reasons: a popular governing party believes it can turn a minority into a majority, or the opposition believes an unpopular governing party is ripe for replacement. Fixed election date laws in most provinces prevent majority governments from cashing in on newfound support.