September 1, 2008 / 8:39 PM / in 9 years

Canada will have election: Dion

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Opposition leader Stephane Dion, speaking after a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said on Monday that there would be a general election.

<p>Liberal leader Stephane Dion speaks to journalists after meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper at 24 Sussex Drive, Harper's official residence, in Ottawa September 1, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>

Asked by reporters if there would be an election, Liberal Party leader replied: “Oh, yes.”

Harper, whose Conservative Party won a minority government in January 2006, had asked to meet opposition leaders to see if there was any common ground ahead of Parliament’s autumn session. He had suggested that if not, he would seek a fresh mandate.

The leaders of the two other opposition parties, who met Harper last week, said they were convinced he wanted an election, and an adviser to the prime minister has pointed to October 14 as a likely date.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Ted Kerr

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