Federal election campaign to kick off on Wednesday

Federal election campaign to kick off on Wednesday

Trudeau met with the country's governor general, Julie Payette, on Wednesday morning to ask her to dissolve the current Parliament, setting the stage for the October 21 general election.

A front-page story about the SNC-Lavalin affair cast a pall over Justin Trudeau's Liberal campaign launch, while Andrew Scheer's kickoff bid for Conservative support in Quebec prompted questions about that province's controversial secularism law.

"Candidates include veterans, teachers, Indigenous leaders, LGBTQ2 advocates, entrepreneurs, scientists, first responders, Olympians and Paralympians, experienced Parliamentarians, and more - all working hard to build a better future for their communities", said Braeden Caley, head of communications for the Liberal Party of Canada in a statement to CTVNews.ca.

Scheer, the head of the conservative party, said today that Trudeau had lost the moral authority to govern.

The Liberals and Conservatives are beginning the campaign in a statistical tie, according to some polls.

The campaign is expected to focus on issues of affordability, the economy and climate issues.

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The prime minister, who is admired overseas for his progressive policies but plagued by scandals at home, faces a test of his popularity this campaign season.

Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will also kick off the campaign on the West Coast with a breakfast writ-drop viewing party in Victoria.

"We are going to stand firm".

However, if you look to focus groups being done by the parties, Canadians aren't fond of those tactics and want a more serious, friendly tone. In that scenario, either Trudeau or Scheer would have to rely on at least one opposition party to pass legislation. "I'm not appealing to (Canadians) emotions, we are appealing to their intelligence". There were eight independents - including former Liberal cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould.

The leader of the left-leaning New Democrats (NDP), he is the first person of colour to have taken the helm of a major federal political party in Canada. Five seats were vacant.

The federal election is officially a go.

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