Premier alludes writ may be dropped on Valentine’s Day
Premier Ed Stelmach handed out an unexpected political admission yesterday, hinting that an election may be called on a day usually reserved for hearts and chocolate.
The province has dates set annually for the introduction of the annual budget, which is slated for Feb. 14 next year — long seen by critics as an event that could include the delivery of an election call.
When asked yesterday how he would break the news to his wife, Marie, if he calls an election on Valentine’s Day, Stelmach offered a simple reply: “We’ll have to prepare her, actually.”
The premier’s press secretary appeared stunned with the comment as he stared at Stelmach, who was giggling and smiling.
During the same media conference, Stelmach also confirmed that he’ll roll out a “very aggressive agenda” during the throne speech next year, including plans to expand the province’s graduate programs and research capacity.
“What we want to do is make sure that we’re keeping with our long-term vision, and that it’s moving towards a knowledge-based economy,” he said.