Layton may get the last laugh

Today's Globe and Mail has the opposition strategists explaining how they could precipitate a February election if Martin ignores the majority view of the House of Commons:

Strategists for the opposition parties said that if they choose, they can enforce their timetable for an election campaign in January, notably by using their numbers to change the parliamentary work calendar.

That would require that one party use one of their opposition days -- there are seven that must be held before Dec. 10 -- to put forward a motion that the Commons will be recalled in January, rather than in February, and that an opposition motion will be debated then. They could then vote no-confidence and defeat the government.

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