Chretien to Liberals: Election "sooner rather than later"

Why his advice may find little support from Michael Ignatieff

The prime minister who led the Liberal party to back-to-back-to-back majority victories is advising his party not to dally too long before going to the polls. Chretien believes his party should seek an election earlier, rather than later—”the sooner, the better.” But his advice may find little support from Michael Ignatieff, who will be formally installed as leader at the party’s convention in Vancouver this weekend. When asked about the prospect of bringing down the government, Ignatieff told reporters that he has received a “clear signal” from Canadians that the Liberals should keep trying to work with other parties – as long as “Parliament is able to deliver results for people.”