The Conservatives and NDP, meanwhile, have on-going arrangements with Air Canada.
Last election, the rusty tin can Dion was forced to roam around in, parachute in tow, became symbolic of a "not ready for prime time" presentation. If the Liberals are getting their house in order, I say good, because we don't want a repeat of the summer of 2008, wherein Harper caught everyone off guard.
The Liberals should spend this summer as though an election is imminent. That doesn't mean the party is necessarily angling for an election, but more a recognition of our opponent. If I were a betting man, I'd put even odds on Harper preferring to go this fall. Once you reach the 2 year window, potential public backlash will wane, the risk less pronounced. Couple that assumed fact with the heavy lifting on the balance sheet yet to come, and one can see an attractive scenario for the Conservatives.
It is imperative that the Liberals are ready to go aggressively, the minute an election is called. We can't have the Conservatives dominating the airwaves in the pre-writ, our war room needs to be on a hair trigger. In the last election, the slumbering start, allowed the Conservatives to open up a sizeable lead before the campaign even started.
Come August, I would expect to see a red book fully written, even some ideas floated. Ads in the can, a NEW slick plane (just because EVERYBODY will notice), ridings organized, etc. Assume we are having a fall election, no long gaps of nothingness using the "nobody is paying attention" summer assumptions.
I won't be surprised if Harper calls a fall election, and I'd be surprised if anyone in the Liberal ranks is surprised by that very real possibility.