“Dropping the Writ” — Say What?

Here in Canada, we are coming to the end of a federal election. Voting day is October 21. Only five more days of this gong show (thank heavens).

The election period began several weeks ago with the dropping of the writ. Since elections are often called “races,” I’ve long had this image of the leaders of the federal parties lined up at the starting gate, in classic sprinting crouch, waiting for someone to “drop the writ” that starts the race and for the crowd to scream, “And they’re off!”

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