"We are clear," Harper said at a news conference at the national archives in Ottawa. "You can only have certainty about a fixed election date in the context of a majority government.
So why didn't it say that in the amendment?
each general election must be held on the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following polling day for the last general election, with the first general election after this section comes into force being held on Monday, 19 October 2009.
Because that wasn't what the bill was meant to do.
then-government House leader Rob Nicholson insisted [fixed elections] was "an idea whose time has come." And the idea, he said, was to limit a prime minister's ability to dissolve Parliament at a time of his own choice. The change "would help to level the playing field for general elections." The public would no longer face surprise elections; political parties would benefit from a regular electoral timetable; Parliament would be free to plan its business over stable four-year terms
the bill was a solemn declaration of Stephen Harper's intent. "This Prime Minister," Mr. Nicholson insisted, "will live by the law and the spirit of this particular piece of legislation." Another Conservative MP declared that Mr. Harper was giving up a power "that past prime ministers ... have used like a club." Months earlier, the Prime Minister himself told the House that "the government is clear that it will not be seeking an early election. At any time, Parliament can defeat the government and provoke an early election, if that is what the opposition irresponsibly chooses to do."
It is clear to me that since the opposition isn't choosing to be irresponsible, the Prime Minister has chosen to fulfill that role.