Skip to main content
Complete Olympic Games coverage at your fingertips
Your inside track on the Olympic Games
Enjoy unlimited digital access
$1.99
per week for 24 weeks
Complete Olympic Games coverage at your fingertips
Your inside track onthe Olympics Games
$1.99
per week
for 24 weeks
// //

Canada's Prime Minister and Conservative leader Stephen Harper speaks during a campaign rally in Quebec City, October 16, 2015. Canadians will go to the polls for a federal election on October 19.

MARK BLINCH/Reuters

Stephen Harper is staying mum on how long he'd wait to bring back Parliament if he won the largest minority of seats on Election Day or whether he'd remain as an MP if, on the other hand, the Conservatives lose power.

"I am not a pundit. I don't know the word in French for pundit. I am the leader of the party and I am running this campaign for the future of the country," Mr. Harper told reporters during a campaign stop in Quebec, where the Tories are hoping to pick up seats.

The latest poll tracking from Nanos Research shows the Liberals with a six-point lead over the Conservatives, but the Tories remain confident they could narrow this gap by more effectively mobilizing their supporters to get to the polls.

Story continues below advertisement

Both the NDP and Liberals have said they would not vote in favour of a minority Conservative government throne speech – which would suggest Mr. Harper would be quickly defeated if he tries to exercise power.

Mr. Harper was asked how long he would wait to recall Parliament and present a throne speech in a Conservative minority government scenario.

He refused to be drawn in by the question.

"I am, as you know, going to refrain from speculating on postelection scenarios," the Conservative Leader said.

"Canadians have a critical choice before them: that choice is the future direction of the economy of this country. Do Canadians really believe that now is the time to go on a massive spending spree – $150-billion proposed by the Liberal Party to be financed by cuts to benefits, by tax increases and by ongoing deficits?" he said.

"We believe in the Conservative Party that the way to keep growing our economy is a sensible plan based on affordable and effective investments that is fully costed, that has balanced budgets, that continues to lower taxes, that is the way to create jobs and growth."

Your Globe

Build your personal news feed

  1. Follow topics and authors relevant to your reading interests.
  2. Check your Following feed daily, and never miss an article. Access your Following feed from your account menu at the top right corner of every page.

Follow the author of this article:

View more suggestions in Following Read more about following topics and authors
Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

If you do not see your comment posted immediately, it is being reviewed by the moderation team and may appear shortly, generally within an hour.

We aim to have all comments reviewed in a timely manner.

Comments that violate our community guidelines will not be posted.

UPDATED: Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies