Conservatives will be ready, says MP Lunney

MP James Lunney ... real issues - not elections - need  more attention  -
MP James Lunney ... real issues - not elections - need more attention
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James Lunney says his party feels the same way about a federal election that most Canadians do: they don’t want one.

However, said the Nanaimo-Alberni MP, if the opposition brings down the government this spring, he’ll be ready.

“Minority parliaments average about 18 months in Canada, so we are over the average already,” he said.

“The opposition parties are testing the waters and my take is there’s a game of chicken going on. They are testing the waters and trying to generate some issues and public angst.”

Lunney said while he doesn’t see any public interest in a federal election, he won’t be caught napping, should one be called.

“We are ready in this riding to face an election in the spring if we have to do so,” he said.

“However, we don’t want to spend too much time on election readiness when there are real issues that need our attention.”

In particular, Lunney said the Conservative government wants to consult with business leaders on how they can move forward in the next step of their economic action plan.

Lunney’s main rival, the NDP’s Zeni Maartman, was in Mexico last week, but the NDP’s riding association president, Ken Pearce, said he’s confident his team would also be up to the challenge of a spring election, should one be called.

“Yes, we’ll be ready,” he said.

“We have our team ready to go and we are just waiting for the writ to drop. In the next couple of days will see official NDP website going up.”

He said he’s anticipating voters going to the polls before summer.

“I think there will be an election this spring,” he said. “Everyone is pushing towards it, so we have to be ready.”

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