Federal election campaign to kick off on Wednesday

Clay Curtis
September 12, 2019

The NDP's Jagmeet Singh is beginning his day in London, Ontario.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will be in Vancouver Wednesday night at a campaign rally, just hours after asking the governor general to dissolve Parliament, kicking off the election period.

The separatist Bloc Quebecois, under new leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, will be competing for seats against the Liberals, Conservatives and the NDP in Quebec, a crucial battleground province in federal politics.

All have been campaigning unofficially for weeks, making early policy promises while also trying to hit their rivals where it hurts, whether the broken promises of the Liberals or controversial positions held by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

Volunteers on all campaigns have been reporting to their headquarters that the key issue for this campaign will be who can convincingly promise to make voters' lives more affordable.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer spoke to reporters in Ottawa on Wednesday morning before flying to Trois-Rivières, Que.

Though the Canadian economy has strengthened - posting second-quarter growth of 3.7% and almost half a million new jobs created in the previous year - the economic gains have not been felt by the wider Canadian public, who have expressed growing concern about an increasing cost of living.

When Trudeau emerged from Rideau Hall with Sophie, they walked around a group of Liberal supporters assembled behind a podium, where he dropped Sophie off to mingle with who he later described as "everyday Canadians".

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The achievements of the Liberals' four years in office included legalizing marijuana, boosting the number of refugees resettled in the country, renegotiating NAFTA, and finalizing trade deals with the European Union and Pacific nations.

Asked what his government is hiding, Trudeau said his office gave the largest waiver of cabinet confidences in Canadian history but would not add anything more.

Dion also noted that he too was obstructed by the Privy Council Office from interviewing nine witnesses for his scathing Trudeau II report.

After the meeting, Mr Trudeau faced a barrage of questions from journalists about the SNC-Lavalin story. But the son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau could now be in trouble.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau address a crowd at a Liberal fundraiser in Brampton, Ont., on Thursday, September 5, 2019.

According to Mainstreet Research, the Liberals now have 38 percent support, versus 34 percent for the Tories.

The Greens could leapfrog the New Democrats at 8% to claim third place in parliament for the first time. The Green Party, which has two seats in the lower house, polled at 11% support. The US' 2016 presidential election campaign lasted 597 days.

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