Federal party leaders kick off 2019 election campaigns

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2019

Canada's parliamentary system requires that the the prime minister request the crown's representative to dissolve parliament before an upcoming election.

Canadians can expect to head to the voting booth on October 21, 2019. Trudeau told reporters gathered outside Payette's residence, Rideau Hall.

Trudeau won a majority government in 2015 with 184 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons. Instead of flying directly in, however, fog has forced his plane to fly into Quebec City first, and the campaign will then travel by bus to the rally location.

But clouding over his optimism was the SNC-Lavalin scandal, given fresh life by a Globe and Mail report that the RCMP's investigation into potential obstruction of justice in the matter has been limited by the shroud of cabinet confidence.

Scheer is now off to Trois-Rivieres, Que., for his first campaign event.

The Conservatives also lost Maxime Bernier, who was elected under their banner but quit to start the People's Party of Canada.

And while the Greens have seen a surge in popularity in recent provincial elections and federal by-elections, the NDP under leader Jagmeet Singh has plummeted in the polls and heads into the campaign having lost one-third of its incumbent MPs, who opted not to seek re-election.

The latest Nanos Research numbers show that the Liberals have a slight lead heading into the campaign, sitting at 34.6 per cent in the polls.

The Conservatives, running under the banner of "It's time for you to get ahead", will fight the Liberals fiercely on issues including Mr. Trudeau's ethical compass in wake of the SNC-Lavalin controversy while it will continue to vocalize its opposition to the federal carbon tax. "There's no majority government in sight right now, and it's anyone's game", said pollster Nik Nanos.

While the official campaign will last just over five weeks, the political positioning for votes has been underway all summer long.

While opposed to the legislation, Trudeau said he would not use federal resources to engage in the provincial law at this time. 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.

The Liberal candidate for Calgary-Midnapore remains unknown, and the NDP and Green parties have yet to fill all 10 ridings with candidates.

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