----- A vanity election?
Your readers' section seems strong on the idea that Canada does not need an early election. I agree, given the cost of a national poll -- which will likely result in something similar to what we now have in the House of Commons. It would the upmost vanity for the ruling party's leader to force this election upon us because they happen to be leading in the polls. They are leading not because of their own good government but because their opponents seem determined to keep shooting themselves in the foot. Who knows what the Greens are up to! And O'Toole, although he appeals to many on the Right, seems unable to mobilize his supporters, and leaves his own party open to the anti-vaxxers and to anti-French prejudice. I hear no one saying Trudeau himself is doing a great job -- he keeps promising support to all sides, and that comes in ten years of dribble and is often counter-productive. He is for a green economy but spends billions of tax dollars for pipelines and anti-green projects (including nuclear power); he is for self-determination yet follows the US lead on Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, and China. He believes in star-power, not personal conviction and principle. And I have no idea why the NDP has not galvanized the generally progressive Canadian public.