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Justin Trudeau fires starting gun for Canada's general election

Justin Trudeau fires starting gun for Canada's general election”

He says that the election is a chance for Canadians to vote for the kind of Canada they want to live in.

But Governor General Julie Payette's dissolution of parliament, at Trudeau's behest, marked the official start of the race to the October 21 ballot.

Haunting Trudeau on the trail will be the SNC-Lavalin scandal, given fresh life this morning after the Globe and Mail reported the RCMP's investigation into potential obstruction of justice in the matter has been stymied by the shroud of cabinet confidence.

With the Conservative campaign plane behind him, Scheer also says he plans to spend the next five weeks or so talking to Canadians about the Tories' platform.

"We've done a lot together these past four years but the truth is we're just getting started", Trudeau said.

During the media back and forth, Scheer also repeatedly stated that the Conservatives would continue to push forward as the alternative to the Trudeau government while stressing that Canadians could no longer believe what the Prime Minister said given his repeat falsehoods in this case.

The Liberals and Conservatives are beginning the campaign in a statistical tie, according to some polls.

"This is a big riding and I aim to have as much presence as I can", she said.

Of course there is always real estate. The super-rich seem to have a lot of that.
Peter J Thompson
Of course there is always real estate. The super-rich seem to have a lot of that. Peter J Thompson

The Conservatives were the overwhelming favourites in Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan, with 60% and 57% respectively - provinces where they already hold the vast majority of seats and have little to gain.

Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will also kick off the campaign on the West Coast with a breakfast writ-drop viewing party in Victoria. Asked to choose the two most important issues that will determine which party they'll support, 35 per cent picked the level of income taxation.

"We are going to stand firm".

However, if you look to focus groups being done by the parties, Canadians aren't fond of those tactics and want a more serious, friendly tone.

British Columbia was more of a toss-up, with the Conservatives at 36%, the Liberals at 33, the NDP at 15, the Greens at 10 and the People's Party at four.

"Liberals go into it in the best position, Conservatives definitely within striking room, NDP struggling to remain relevant, Green Party hoping to leap frog over the NDP into third", Maclean's Ottawa Bureau Chief John Geddes explains. There are eight independents - including former Liberal cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould.

The leader of the left-leaning New Democrats (NDP), he is the first person of colour to have taken the helm of a major federal political party in Canada. Five seats are vacant.



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