I'm not sure anyone noticed this or thought about this, but, would it not be advantageous for the Conservative Party to have an election prior to their policy convention this November?
It could be argued that the Conservative Party is the only party where not having a policy convention before an election is a good thing.
The last thing a communication-fearing party needs is an embarrassing policy convention leading into an election. Stephen Harper would entirely control the Conservative agenda in an October election, but not so much so in a December or January one where the Opposition could potentially attack recently-made policy proposals. Not necessarily that any would pass, mind you.
Again, just throwing it out there.