I've long-believed that fixed election dates are a pointless exercise of show-reform that carry more negative consequences than positives, and I think their implementation in various circumstanced has borne that out. But now you don't just have to take my word for it:
A political scientist says New Brunswick's experiment with a fixed election date has been a failure and should be scrapped.
Don Desserud, a political scientist at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, writes in an election analysis for CBC News that for any advantages the new system has brought, it has created additional headaches.
"Fixed-date elections make election planning more convenient. However, the price we are paying for this convenience is a system that favours the party in power and serves only to convince the voting public that elections are horrendously boring and nasty affairs," Desserud writes.