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Canadian Prime Minister may call for snap election

Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, under pressure from members of Parliament within his Liberal Party, may call a snap election, perhaps for early September, writes Monitor contributor Fred Langan.

Mr. Turner said he would announce his decision in Ottawa this afternoon.

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One repercussion of an election call might be cancellation of a planned July 14-27 tour in Canada by Queen Elizabeth II, who avoids visiting a country during a campaign. (Turner was in London over the weekend, where he met with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.)

A call for an election would take advantage of the Liberal Party's quick rise in the public opinion polls. A Gallup Poll released Friday showed 49 percent of decided voters favor the Liberals, 38 percent the opposition Conservatives and only 11 percent the New Democratic Party.

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