If you think that we seem to have a lot of federal elections in Canada, you are not wrong. Since June 2007, we have had five elections (including the one in October 200) or about one every 27 months.
For those of you proponents of a porportional representation system in Canadian politics, this should be a wake up call. Minority governments require a spirit of cooperation, deal making, etc. that we don’t see here. Even in majority parliament, the government will still call an election in only three years (Cretien) if it seems to be in their advantage to do so.
It must be hard to work in the federal civil service when you are almost always either a few months from an election or a few months removed from one.