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Strategists weigh in on the odds of a potential early-election call

How likely is it that an early-election will actually happen? “I would put it at 50/50,” said a Conservative source. "But this is always the position governments are in."

Published Jun 4, 2024 at 8:01pm

Barbara Patrocinio
Barbara Patrocinio
Strategists weigh in on the odds of a potential early-election call
Voters line up to cast a ballot in the Ontario provincial elections in Toronto on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Chris Donovan/The Canadian Press)

Rumours of a possible early-election call are out and about in the legislature as Premier Doug Ford refused to rule out the possibility last week.

It all started during the announcement of the new deal with the Beer Store a couple weeks ago, when Ford announced a big expansion of beer and wine retailing was now set to start this year instead of in 2026, as previously announced.

The rush to announce the deal made reporters begin to wonder if this could mean that an early election was on the way. When he ducked reporters’ questions about the possibility, saying only that he would like to see his agenda taken care of, he fuelled the rumours.

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