PM Stephen Harper has just asked the Govenor General to dissolve parliament. He's called an election for Oct 14. http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080907/election_call_080907/20080907?s_name=election2008 Harper has broken his recent law of fixed term elections. Canadians were not supposed to head to the polls until 2009. Speculations for why an early election have been attributed to: Rumours are abound that the timing has to do with the US elections and fears that an Obamarama win would give the Liberals a coat tail to jump on. Rumours that the Liberals are cash poor for running an election campaign. There are 4 vacant seats and allegedly, Harper doesn't want to risk the chipping away of a minority government from by-elections and MPs walking across the floor. On another note, we've never historically ran a smear type campaign that ones often sees in the US, pundits are anticipating we'll see a lot more negative ads and personal attacks than we're used to seeing. This might actually be an interesting race.