Published: Thu, September 12, 2019

PM Justin Trudeau calls Canadian general election for 21 October

PM Justin Trudeau calls Canadian general election for 21 October

The 47-year-old Trudeau, who is seeking a second term, visited Governor General Julie Payette, Canada's acting head of state, on Wednesday morning to formally launch the campaign.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called a federal election for 21 October. Articles appear on for a limited time.

Mr Scheer said Mr Trudeau "has lost the moral authority to govern" after the Globe and Mail newspaper reported that his Government was stonewalling police who were looking into the SNC-Lavalin scandal, a corporate corruption case that has dogged the Prime Minister this year.

He said Canadians need to decide whether they want to go back to the failed policies of a conservative government that believes in cuts and austerity.

"Over the next five weeks I will be explaining the reasons why Justin Trudeau has lost that authority and our alternative plan", he said in French.

Singh says Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will say one thing on the campaign trail, but then do something else behind closed doors once in office.

Polls suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are running neck-and-neck, while the NDP and Greens are fighting for third. It's one place where they won't just hold seats but might pick up one or two, thanks to union members frustrated by the Liberals.

Leader Jagmeet Singh accused Trudeau and Scheer of failing to live up to promises to help Canadians, saying the costs for everything are getting out of control. He also said he respects the decisions made by the Privy Council Office, who chose not to waive cabinet confidence for the RCMP investigation.

"But we can do that only if we have the courage to take on the powerful interests at the very top".

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The Green Party, led by Elizabeth May, will be focusing efforts on trying to break through in British Columbia and Atlantic Canada.

"This is the most important election in Canadian history", May told about 200 cheering supporters.

By the time the House of Commons rose for the summer in June 2019, the Liberals stood at 177 seats compared to the Conservatives at 95, the NDP at 40, the Bloc at 10 and the Greens at three.

Further down the lineup, watch for whether Maxime Bernier can punch above the weight of dismal polling numbers to make his upstart People's Party of Canada an actual political force, and whether the Bloc Quebecois can recapture the attention of Quebecers after the party almost dissolved in a civil war. Five seats are vacant.

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