The 43rd Canadian general election campaign will get underway later this morning when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to Rideau Hall to ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament. That move will begin a 40-day campaign for all parties that will see Trudeau make the pitch to Canadians that he and his Liberals should be given a second majority mandate, while his opponents focus on why their parties should govern instead. Polls suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are running neck-and-neck in voter support ahead of the scheduled October 21st election.
Where the leaders will be:
After his meeting with the Governor General, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make his way to Vancouver where he will begin the Liberal campaign at a rally for former TV news anchor Tamara Taggart. Taggart is running for the Liberals in the B.C. riding of Vancouver Kingsway.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is to launch his election effort at a morning event in Quebec before heading to Vaughan for an evening rally where the focus will be on the Tories’ pledge to help Canadians get ahead.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will launch his party’s official campaign in London, Ontario, and Green leader Elizabeth May will kick things off in Victoria.
Maxime Bernier will launch his maiden campaign for his People’s Party in Toronto alongside one of his star candidates, Renata Ford, who is the wife of the city’s late mayor Rob Ford and sister-in-law of Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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