Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday May 27, 2003
Election Switched to ‘Off’ Position
With the window for a spring election rapidly closing, Premier Ernie Eves has apparently put election plans on hold because of the latest SARS outbreak, a move observers suggest is designed to shield the Conservative government from being dubbed insensitive in a crisis.
Eves strongly hinted on the weekend the new SARS scare in Toronto will cause him to delay a vote that had been widely expected at any time.
Elections in Ontario must be held on a Thursday and June 26 is thought to be the last day a vote could be held before summer. That would mean an election call within days.
It’s almost unheard of to hold an election in July or August, so if a vote is not called, the next window would appear to be the fall. (CP)