August 19, 2008 / 6:45 PM / in 9 years

Dion says considering forcing an election

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Liberal leader Stephane Dion said on Tuesday he was considering forcing an election, which would end the minority Conservative government, but timing was important.

<p>Liberal leader Stephane Dion announces his party's carbon tax plan during an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 19, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>

“I‘m considering different possibilities, and one of them is certainly to stop (having) strategic voting when we disagree with this government, and then to trigger an election is something we may do,” Dion told a news conference.

He said more Canadians wanted an election than before, but added it was not his job to force an election just because Prime Minister Stephen Harper wanted him to do so: “My job is to replace him, and timing is important.”

Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Rob Wilson

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