The Writ Be Dropped
Today marks the official beginning of the campaign to elect the next Prime Minister, on October 21st, five short weeks, praise God, rather than the endless politicking south of the border. As Canada is still a constitutional monarchy, the current holder of the office of Prime Minister must approach the Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II, through her representative in Canada, the Governor-General, currently Ms. Julie Payette, and request that the current Parliament be dissolved, with every seat open to election. This is the ‘dropping of the writ’, with the ‘drop’ likely derived from ‘to draw up’.
The Head of State