Is Prime Minister Stephen Harper about to call a fall election?
Vancouver Quadra Conservative candidate Deborah Meredith certainly thinks so.
How else to explain her purchase of a pricey full colour billboard ad at prime location Burrard Street and 4th Avenue in Vancouver?
The billboard - up since at least Friday September 17 - also clearly indicates the Conservatives' election strategy, or at least Meredith's understanding of it.
"Strong Economy" boasts an eye-attracting reverse white type on red background corner headline, while the second headline claims "For Representation in Strong Government".
The ad is also bilingual - English and Chinese, for the benefit of many voters in the diverse riding with a mainland China or Hong Kong background.
"We do not know when a federal election will be called, but with minority government it may be soon and we must be ready," Meredith says on her website. How true!
Meredith seems to be taking a radically different approach than in the March 17, 2008 by-election, when she narrowly lost to Liberal Joyce Murray by 151 votes.
In that vote Meredith shunned media interviews and all-candidates debates, apparently running a stealth campaign - which failed.
The October 14, 2008 federal general election proved an even worse battle, with Murray - a former much-criticized BC Liberal provincial cabinet minister - winning Quadra by 5,000 votes over Meredith.
This time Meredith seems determined to send voters a message - if you want a voice in the Conservatives government - and you think they will win - you had best vote for her to at least have a seat at the table.
Will it work? Not if current polls continue showing the Conservatives and Liberals in close to a dead heat nationally.
But it's got to be better than pretending you're the Invisible Woman in an election!