What are the chances of a fall election?
Liberals MLAs have been asked whether they want to run again. They're also submitting the names of their senior campaign staff to the party this week. And non-incumbent ridings are providing lists of potential candidates to election readiness co-chair Rich Coleman. These are all the things you'd expect the Liberals to do if they were going to hold a fall election.
But last week's announcement that the harmonized sales tax referendum timeline will be extended by two weeks means its results might not be available until early September. So Premier Christy Clark will have even less time to decide whether a writ should be issued if she doesn't want her campaign to crash into the province's municipal elections, which will take place on November 19.
There's also the question of whether Ms. Clark would want to be on the hustings if the province's teachers, who voted 90 percent in favour of a strike last week, are taking job action when schools are supposed to be open. And, anecdotally, it doesn't feel like we're headed to the polls - even if the Liberals are going through the motions of getting ready for an election.