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Small window for premier to call election

If Premier Christy Clark doesn't announce an election soon, she might have to wait until next year, said Conservative Leader John Cummins.

If Premier Christy Clark doesn't announce an election soon, she might have to wait until next year, said Conservative Leader John Cummins.

The former longtime MP for Delta-Richmond East has been busy helping build his fledgling provincial party in case the premier decides to call an election sooner rather than later.

There's been speculation the writ could be dropped as soon as September.

"Some days I think she will and other days I think no," said Cummins.

"I've talked to some of the political pundits and one said there's a very small window of opportunity for Clark to do that in September, and that would be after the HST referendum results would come in. It would have to happen quickly because then we'd be into the municipal election in short order."

Cummins said Clark may be a new face at the helm but the Liberals' unpopularity when it comes to the HST and other issues makes her party's chances still slim if an election is called.

"I would think they would hold on for a while and hope things turn around," Cummins said.

When Clark won her byelection in Vancouver-Point Grey in May, she reiterated she planned to call a general election sooner than later.

Meanwhile, Cummins, who's travelling to meet people all over the province, said the provincial Conservatives have over 60 constituency associations set up and should have them in all 85 ridings in the coming weeks.

The party recently set up a constituency association in Delta South, naming Christopher Summers as president.

The party has a lot of work ahead in other areas, including building membership and raising money, said Cummins, who added he's pleased with the positive response.

sgyarmati@delta-optimist.com

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