Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Justin Trudeau fires starting gun for Canada's general election

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Steven Clarke | 12 September, 2019, 20:19

"Canadians have an important choice to make".

With the election called on September 11, all federal parties are getting their campaigns into full swing.

Trudeau and the Liberal Party are entering the 2019 fall election campaign with many believing the government has delivered on some core promises.

Why has an election been called?

Mr Trudeau is seeking a second term in office after winning a majority government in the 2015 Canadian general election.

Canada has a federal fixed election date and Canadians must head to the polls every four years.

Of the 4,549 respondents, 45 per cent said they have a negative impression of Trudeau and 35 per cent said they have a positive impression of the Liberal leader.

She also requested the confidentiality be waived for all other witnesses, as to allow a proper probe into potential obstruction of justice during the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

The prime minister was found by a federal ethics watchdog to have improperly tried to influence a former minister over the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, a major engineering and construction company facing a criminal trial.

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In a foreign policy blunder, the Prime Minister also faced backlash over a controversial trip to India, where an alleged Canadian Sikh separatist appeared to be invited to official events.

The government Liberal party will probably win but it will be with a smaller majority.

The contest is regional (Trudeau is from Quebec, Scheer represents Saskatchewan), ideological (liberal versus conservative) - and personal (Trudeau cultivates a devil-may-care informality, Scheer bitterly characterizes his rival as the corrupt product of an entrenched political class).

Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the left-wing New Democrat Party, started the day with rallies. The Conservative leader responded to this story, saying Trudeau should have waved the rule in order for the police to investigate.

Andrew Scheer was elected leader of the country's other main political party, the center-right Conservative Party.

His last election win was built heavily on his policies of change and, as an incumbent Prime Minister, his current position will undoubtedly weaken his previous selling point.

For Canadian's, energy is a major topic of debate - with the issue of pipeline development a real sticking point.

The Liberals say the changes would help ease affordability concerns that affect first-time home buyers.

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