Canada’s Justin Trudeau calls snap general election for September 20th

Canada’s Justin Trudeau calls snap general election for September 20th

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called a snap summer general election for September 20th, two years ahead of schedule, to take advantage of current high public confidence in his government.

The general election comes as polls indicate his minority Liberal government looks within reach of forming a majority.

On Sunday, Mr Trudeau visited Canada’s Governor General Mary Simon — the representative of the Queen, Canada’s head of state — and asked her to dissolve Parliament.

He said a general election was necessary so voters have a voice on the path forward at a "pivotal moment".

In October 2019, voters handed him a minority, meaning he has had to rely on opposition parties to help him pass his agenda.

Opposition parties criticised the Liberals for calling a five-week long campaign during the pandemic’s latest wave simply for "political gain".

The pollster says that about 46% of Canadians in their recent surveys say they believe the country is heading in the right direction — the highest it’s been in about five years.

The global coronavirus pandemic is sure to dominate the campaign, as it has much of Mr Trudeau’s second term. Over 25.000 Canadians have died from Covid, but the country fared better than others, such as the US.


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