Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls general election for October 21

Clay Curtis
September 12, 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched a six-week campaign for re-election yesterday, flying into Vancouver on a jet emblazoned with his name.

Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau is promising an expansion of the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI) program and the implementation of a national vacancy tax on homes to help curb foreign speculation in the housing market if the Liberals are elected in October.

Why has an election been called?

Not since 1935 has a Canadian prime minister who won a parliamentary majority in his first term been booted from office in the next election.

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

But he also failed to follow through on other issues - such as his pledge to balance the Canadian budget.

SNC-Lavalin climbed as much as 11 per cent in early trading Wednesday, extending its rally for a second day.

The worst hit to Trudeau's progressive image came with the SNC-Lavalin inquiry, a corruption scandal in which Trudeau was accused of interfering in the criminal prosecution of a Quebec-based engineering firm.

The campaign is now shaping up to be a battle between two parties: the Liberals and the Conservatives.

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The leaders of the NDP, Conservatives and Greens launched their campaigns Wednesday with some choice words about Canada's incumbent prime minister.

Trudeau touted his accomplishments on the economy and the environment in an announcement, saying, "Canadians once again get to vote for the country they want to live in".

Other competitors include Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada, and Elizabeth May of the Green Party of Canada.

Since Andrew Scheer has raised questions about Justin Trudeau's trustworthiness, do you trust the Conservative leader?

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. That margin would not be enough to guarantee a majority of seats in the House of Commons.

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

Concerns over affordability, health care, climate change and ethics are at the fore.

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