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Key Dates for each Parliament 1867 to Date

Average duration between return of writs and dissolution of parliament in Canada:
1212 Days (3 years, 3 months, 25 days)
ParliamentKey DatesDuration between return of writs and dissolution
39th Writs Issued: 2005.11.29
General Election: 2006.01.23 to 2006.01.23
Writs to be Returned: 2006.02.13
1st Sitting of Parliament: 2006.04.03
38th Writs Issued: 2004.05.23
General Election: 2004.06.28 to 2004.06.28
Writs to be Returned: 2004.07.19
1st Sitting of Parliament: 2004.10.04
Dissolution: 2005.11.29
498 Days (1 year, 4 months, 12 days)
37th Writs Issued: 2000.10.22
General Election: 2000.11.27 to 2000.11.27
Writs to be Returned: 2000.12.18
1st Sitting of Parliament: 2001.01.29
Dissolution: 2004.05.23
1252 Days (3 years, 5 months, 4 days)
36th Writs Issued: 1997.04.27
General Election: 1997.06.02 to 1997.06.02
Writs to be Returned: 1997.06.23
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1997.09.22
Dissolution: 2000.10.22
1217 Days (3 years, 3 months, 30 days)
35th Writs Issued: 1993.09.08
General Election: 1993.10.25 to 1993.10.25
Writs to be Returned: 1993.11.15
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1994.01.17
Dissolution: 1997.04.27
1259 Days (3 years, 5 months, 11 days)
34th Writs Issued: 1988.10.01
General Election: 1988.11.21 to 1988.11.21
Writs to be Returned: 1988.12.12
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1988.12.12
Dissolution: 1993.09.08
1731 Days (4 years, 8 months, 27 days)
33rd Writs Issued: 1984.07.09
General Election: 1984.09.04 to 1984.09.04
Writs to be Returned: 1984.09.24
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1984.11.05
Dissolution: 1988.10.01
1468 Days (4 years, 7 days)
32nd Writs Issued: 1979.12.14
General Election: 1980.02.18 to 1980.02.18
Writs to be Returned: 1980.03.10
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1980.04.14
Dissolution: 1984.07.09
1582 Days (4 years, 3 months, 30 days)
31st Writs Issued: 1979.03.26
General Election: 1979.05.22 to 1979.05.22
Writs to be Returned: 1979.06.11
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1979.10.09
Dissolution: 1979.12.14
186 Days (6 months, 4 days)
30th Writs Issued: 1974.05.09
General Election: 1974.07.08 to 1974.07.08
Writs to be Returned: 1974.07.31
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1974.09.30
Dissolution: 1979.03.26
1699 Days (4 years, 7 months, 25 days)
29th Writs Issued: 1972.09.01
General Election: 1972.10.30 to 1972.10.30
Writs to be Returned: 1972.11.20
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1973.01.04
Dissolution: 1974.05.09
535 Days (1 year, 5 months, 18 days)
28th Writs Issued: 1968.04.23
General Election: 1968.06.25 to 1968.06.25
Writs to be Returned: 1968.07.25
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1968.09.12
Dissolution: 1972.09.01
1499 Days (4 years, 1 month, 8 days)
27th Writs Issued: 1965.09.08
General Election: 1965.11.08 to 1965.11.08
Writs to be Returned: 1965.12.09
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1966.01.18
Dissolution: 1968.04.23
866 Days (2 years, 4 months, 15 days)
26th Writs Issued: 1963.02.06
General Election: 1963.04.08 to 1963.04.08
Writs to be Returned: 1963.05.08
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1963.05.16
Dissolution: 1965.09.08
854 Days (2 years, 4 months, 3 days)
25th Writs Issued: 1962.04.19
General Election: 1962.06.18 to 1962.06.18
Writs to be Returned: 1962.07.18
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1962.09.27
Dissolution: 1963.02.06
203 Days (6 months, 21 days)
24th Writs Issued: 1958.02.01
General Election: 1958.03.31 to 1958.03.31
Writs to be Returned: 1958.04.30
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1958.05.12
Dissolution: 1962.04.19
1450 Days (3 years, 11 months, 20 days)
23rd Writs Issued: 1957.04.12
General Election: 1957.06.10 to 1957.06.10
Writs to be Returned: 1957.08.08
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1957.10.14
Dissolution: 1958.02.01
177 Days (5 months, 25 days)
22nd Writs Issued: 1953.06.13
General Election: 1953.08.10 to 1953.08.10
Writs to be Returned: 1953.10.08
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1953.11.12
Dissolution: 1957.04.12
1282 Days (3 years, 6 months, 4 days)
21st Writs Issued: 1949.04.30
General Election: 1949.06.27 to 1949.06.27
Writs to be Returned: 1949.08.25
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1949.09.15
Dissolution: 1953.06.13
1388 Days (3 years, 9 months, 19 days)
20th Writs Issued: 1945.04.16
General Election: 1945.06.11 to 1945.06.11
Writs to be Returned: 1945.08.09
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1945.09.06
Dissolution: 1949.04.30
1360 Days (3 years, 8 months, 21 days)
19th Writs Issued: 1940.01.27
General Election: 1940.03.26 to 1940.03.26
Writs to be Returned: 1940.04.17
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1940.05.16
Dissolution: 1945.04.16
1825 Days (4 years, 11 months, 30 days)
18th Writs Issued: 1935.08.15
General Election: 1935.10.14 to 1935.10.14
Writs to be Returned: 1935.11.09
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1936.02.06
Dissolution: 1940.01.25
1538 Days (4 years, 2 months, 17 days)
17th Writs Issued: 1930.05.30
General Election: 1930.07.28 to 1930.07.28
Writs to be Returned: 1930.08.18
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1930.09.08
Dissolution: 1935.08.14
1822 Days (4 years, 11 months, 27 days)
16th Writs Issued: 1926.07.20
General Election: 1926.09.14 to 1926.09.14
Writs to be Returned: 1926.11.02
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1926.12.09
Dissolution: 1930.05.30
1305 Days (3 years, 6 months, 27 days)
15th Writs Issued: 1925.09.05
General Election: 1925.10.29 to 1925.10.29
Writs to be Returned: 1925.12.07
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1926.01.07
Dissolution: 1926.07.02
207 Days (6 months, 25 days)
14th Writs Issued: 1921.10.08
General Election: 1921.12.06 to 1921.12.06
Writs to be Returned: 1922.01.15
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1922.03.08
Dissolution: 1925.09.05
1329 Days (3 years, 7 months, 20 days)
13th Writs Issued: 1917.10.31
General Election: 1917.12.17 to 1917.12.17
Writs to be Returned: 1918.03.16
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1918.03.18
Dissolution: 1921.10.04
1298 Days (3 years, 6 months, 20 days)
12th Writs Issued: 1911.08.03
General Election: 1911.09.21 to 1911.09.21
Writs to be Returned: 1911.10.07
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1911.11.15
Dissolution: 1917.10.06
2191 Days (5 years, 11 months, 31 days)
11th Writs Issued: 1908.09.18
General Election: 1908.10.26 to 1908.10.26
Writs to be Returned: 1908.12.03
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1909.01.20
Dissolution: 1911.07.29
968 Days (2 years, 7 months, 25 days)
10th Writs Issued: 1904.09.24
General Election: 1904.11.03 to 1904.11.03
Writs to be Returned: 1904.12.15
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1905.01.11
Dissolution: 1908.09.17
1372 Days (3 years, 9 months, 3 days)
9th Writs Issued: 1900.10.09
General Election: 1900.11.07 to 1900.11.07
Writs to be Returned: 1900.12.05
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1901.02.06
Dissolution: 1904.09.29
1394 Days (3 years, 9 months, 25 days)
8th Writs Issued: 1896.04.24
General Election: 1896.06.23 to 1896.06.23
Writs to be Returned: 1896.07.13
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1896.08.19
Dissolution: 1900.10.09
1548 Days (4 years, 2 months, 27 days)
7th Writs Issued: 1891.02.04
General Election: 1891.03.05 to 1891.03.05
Writs to be Returned: 1891.04.25
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1891.04.29
Dissolution: 1896.04.24
1826 Days (4 years, 11 months, 31 days)
6th Writs Issued: 1887.01.17
General Election: 1887.02.22 to 1887.02.22
Writs to be Returned: 1887.04.07
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1887.04.13
Dissolution: 1891.02.03
1398 Days (3 years, 9 months, 29 days)
5th Writs Issued: 1882.05.18
General Election: 1882.06.20 to 1882.06.20
Writs to be Returned: 1882.08.07
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1883.02.08
Dissolution: 1887.01.15
1622 Days (4 years, 5 months, 9 days)
4th Writs Issued: 1878.08.17
General Election: 1878.09.17 to 1878.09.17
Writs to be Returned: 1878.11.21
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1879.02.13
Dissolution: 1882.05.18
1274 Days (3 years, 5 months, 26 days)
3rd Writs Issued: 1874.01.02
General Election: 1874.01.22 to 1874.01.22
Writs to be Returned: 1874.02.21
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1874.03.26
Dissolution: 1878.08.17
1638 Days (4 years, 5 months, 25 days)
2nd Writs Issued: 1872.07.15
General Election: 1872.07.20 to 1872.10.12
Writs to be Returned: 1872.09.03
* Writs were returned on September 3, 1872, except for a few electoral districts where the date was October 12, 1872.

1st Sitting of Parliament: 1873.03.05
Dissolution: 1874.01.02
486 Days (1 year, 3 months, 30 days)
1st Writs Issued: 1867.08.06
General Election: 1867.08.07 to 1867.09.20
Writs to be Returned: 1867.09.24
1st Sitting of Parliament: 1867.11.06
Dissolution: 1872.07.08
1749 Days (4 years, 9 months, 15 days)
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