The Ontario election will be called on Sept. 10.
The date of the next voting day has been no secret since the government passed legislation enacting fixed-election dates and then announced in February that the vote would be held on Oct. 10.
But the date on which Premier Dalton McGuinty would visit Lieutenant-Governor James Bartleman to ask for dissolution of the legislature had not been announced.
The Sept. 10 date is buried deep within the 295-page omnibus Budget Act, Bill 187, that has received second reading in the legislature and is now before the finance committee.
The act amends many pieces of legislation, including the Election Act. Bill 187 legislation proposes that a section be added to the law governing elections "to provide that the writs for the October, 2007, general election will be issued on Sept. 10, 2007, resulting in 29 clear days for campaigning before polling day, Oct. 10."
Neither opposition party was aware that the date for dropping the writ was contained in Bill 187. "It's a surprise to us," said Jeff Ferrier, a spokesman for the New Democratic Party.