Canadian PM Trudeau formally launches campaign for October 21 election

Federal election campaign to kick off on Wednesday

The Toronto Star has reported that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to call the beginning of the campaign on Wednesday to kick off the October 21 federal election.

"Canadians get to vote once again for the country they want to live in", he told reporters outside her official residence, the BBC reported. "Will we go back to the failed policies of the past or will we continue to move forward?"

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau met with Governor-General Julie Payette at Rideau Hall on Wednesday morning to dissolve the last Parliament, marking the start of the 2019 federal election campaign.

The PM also mentioned the differences between himself and vanquished foe Stephen Harper more often than his contemporary Conservative challenger Andrew Scheer; Trudeau and Sophie's entrance alone, a stark contrast to Harper's limousine motorcades' past.

A majority government - one in which a party does not need to rely on support from other parties to pass its bills - requires a single party to win at least 170 seats.

The scandal rocked the government and led to multiple resignations earlier this year, causing a drop in the leader's poll ratings.

"The Conservative team led by Andrew Scheer includes a record number of women candidates with 105, well ahead of the previous high of 68 in 2011".


Scheer is calling Trudeau a "liar", arguing the Liberal leader has lost the moral authority to govern and saying his goal for the next five weeks is to convince Canadians of that.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Tamara Taggart speaking to supporters at a Liberal nomination event in Vancouver.

"Ontario Premier Doug Ford has reminded Ontarians what a conservative government can be like", said Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and global relations at the University of Toronto. There are eight independents - including former Liberal cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould.

"We've done a lot together these past four years, but the truth is, we're just getting started". He ended up leading Canada for nearly 16 years, becoming a storied name in Canadian history who was responsible for the country's version of the bill of rights.

The Conservatives and Liberals are primarily battling for centrist voters, but the NDP is focusing on folks further on the left, people who cast ballots for Trudeau in 2015 but have come to question his progressive bona fides thanks to broken promises on election reform and the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

Since then, he has legalised cannabis nationwide, put a price on carbon and bought a proposed pipeline expansion project that would get Canada's oil to worldwide markets. In Canada, minority governments rarely last longer than 18 months.

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