Ottawa

Ontario 'fixed' election date moved off Jewish holiday

Ontario's first fixed election date has been shifted to another day to keep it from clashing with a Jewish holiday.

This year's Ontario electionwill no longer clash with a Jewish holiday.

The provincial electionhas been moved to Oct. 10 from Oct. 4,Marie Bountrogianni, the minister responsible for democratic renewal, said on Wednesday afternoon.

The previous date, which fell on a holiday known as Shemini Atzeret,would have prevented Orthodox Jews from voting.

Shemini Atzeret is the eighth day of the Jewish autumn festival Sukkoth, but considered by some to be a separate festival.

In December 2005,legislation fixedthe Ontario'selection dates to the first Thursday in October every four years.

However, it can be moved to any of the next seven daysif that date coincides witha religious or culturally significant day.