Harper to take few days to decide on election: aide

Mon Sep 1, 2008 5:12pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper will take a few days to decide on when to call an election after "no common ground" was reached in a meeting with the leader of the main opposition party, his spokesman said.

Harper earlier met Liberal Party leader Stephane Dion, who, when asked later whether there would be an election, replied: "Oh, yes." An adviser to the prime minister, whose minority Conservative government has held power since January 2006, last week pointed to October 14 as a likely election date.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Ted Kerr)