The rationale being that the Conservatives have a strategic advantage to go early: They'd to go to the polls before the Senate scandal hits the courts and it would give the opposition parties less time to develop their policies and ground games.
If Harper is going to call an early election, however, he's not going to catch the NDP off guard.
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During his year-end interview with the Toronto Star, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said that his party will be ready for an election as early as the Spring of 2014. They're getting polling captains, volunteers and candidates in place and have already started to unveil some of their policies.
"The reality is once we start the fourth year, that given past behavior, Chrétien did it a couple of times to the Conservatives in the past, so