Member Rara Avis
the ass-end of space
The official term is five years, however, the Prime Minister can call an election any time he chooses. If a PM feels there is overwhelming support for his party he can call an election earlier, this would not only extend his own term, but could help get more of his party's MPs into the House of Commons.(Senate)
Financial scandals within the Liberal party weakened support and while they won the last election, it was not a majority government. This paved the way for a vote of no-confidence by their opposition which is why the current election is being held ahead of schedule.
There are 4 major political parties. Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats and the Bloc Québécois.
The Liberal and Conservative parties essentially hold the same goals and platforms as their American counterparts. The New Democrats are essentially, a socialist party and the....Bloc Québécois' platform is to promote soveriegnty for the province of Quebec(groans)
Hope that clears some of it up, or have i made things worse?