OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to call the next
federal election Wednesday morning.
He’s to visit Rideau Hall at 10 a.m. local time to ask Gov. Gen.
Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament.
By law, voting day is set for Oct. 21, but the prime minister has
a two-week window starting Sept. 1 in which to begin the formal
campaign.
The federal parties have been campaigning informally for weeks,
with Liberal ministers making government funding announcements while
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have
attacked the Liberal government’s record.
They’ve argued over climate-change policy, Canada’s place in the
world, federal spending, and whether a national economy that has
performed well by statistical measures has left Canadians feeling
financially secure.
Recent opinion polls have suggested the Liberals and
Conservatives are fighting for first place in popular support, but
neither would likely win a majority in the House of Commons if an
election were held immediately.
(The Canadian Press)