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Prime minister to call elections

September 06, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to dissolve Parliament on Sunday and call early elections in hope of strengthening his minority government's position.

Harper's Conservatives need to win an additional 28 seats to gain a majority, and though he has played down that possibility, recent polls indicate that the right-of-center party has a chance to do so.

Dimitri Soudas, a spokesman for the prime minister, made the announcement, saying that voting would be held Oct. 14.

It will be Canada's third national ballot in four years.

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