Canada's prime minister to call Oct. 14 election

TORONTO (AP) -- A spokesman says Canada's prime minister will dissolve Parliament on Sunday and call an early election to be held next month.

Dimitri Soudas says the vote will be set for Oct. 14.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives need 28 seats to form a majority government in Parliament.

The Conservatives unseated the opposition Liberals in 2006 after nearly 13 years in power.

But as a minority government the Conservatives have a tenuous hold on power, relying on opposition lawmakers to pass legislation.

Analysts say the Conservatives have a better shot of winning an election soon rather than waiting until a time when the Canadian economy might be worse off.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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