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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.

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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