40 day federal election campaign underway

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived at Rideau Hall with his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau to meet with Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and formally start the campaign.

Ford is among the wild cards in this election campaign; with Ontario a key battleground, federal Conservatives are running up against voters in that province frustrated with Ford and ready to take those feelings out at the federal level.

Once the writ is dropped, federal parties will begin campaigning for the next forty-odd days to gain power in Ottawa.

Trudeau will ask Payette to dissolve Parliament and call for a general election, which the law says must be held October 21.

Those campaigns must be at least 36 days long and can not exceed 50 days.

Longer campaigns, so the thinking goes, run a greater risk of unpredictability and potential upsets.

Justin Trudeau greets the Liberal supporters at an event where he joined Premier Kathleen Wynne for a by election rally to support provincial Liberal candidate Elizabeth Roy in Whitby-Oshawa's byelection campaign in 2016.

After making the announcement, Mr Trudeau left for Vancouver, British Colombia, where he will hold a campaign rally later on Wednesday (local time).

In his opening remarks, Trudeau spoke about the Liberals' record since being elected in 2015, including the government's efforts to raise the middle class and secure a new NAFTA agreement "at a time of USA protectionism and unpredictability".

For their part, the New Democrats and Leader Jagmeet Singh face an uphill battle in this campaign due to challenges including sagging fundraising and poll numbers.

At the dissolution of Parliament, the Liberals hold 177 seats, the Conservatives 95, the NDP 39, the Bloc 10 and the Greens 2.

Several other MPs were also sitting as Independents, including Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, who were kicked out of caucus by Trudeau for raising concerns about the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Over the election, each registered party can spend approximately $28.1 million, while individual candidates can spend on average $110,000, but it varies depending on the riding.

Some critics, including Green Party leader Elizabeth May, said it was inappropriate for the government to launch the election campaign on Wednesday as it marked 18 years since 9/11, when terrorists flew two airplanes into the World Trade Center in NY, murdering almost 3,000 people.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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