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Prime Minister Trudeau dissolves Canada parliament

11 September 2019

Mr Scheer said Mr Trudeau "has lost the moral authority to govern" after the Globe and Mail newspaper reported that his Government was stonewalling police who were looking into the SNC-Lavalin scandal, a corporate corruption case that has dogged the Prime Minister this year.

Justin Trudeau on Wednesday kicked off the campaign for next month's Canadian general election, gunning to hold onto his liberal majority in a tight race against newcomers on both flanks.

Asked what his government is hiding, Trudeau says his office gave the largest waiver of cabinet confidences in Canadian history but added anything more.

He also declined to address what personal mistakes he might have made in the saga, which saw the ethics commissioner declare Trudeau broke the law by trying to influence a decision on whether the Quebec engineering firm should go to trial on charges related to alleged corrupt dealings in Libya.

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

"I will always defend the public interest".

The federal parties have been campaigning informally for weeks, with Liberal ministers making government funding announcements while Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have attacked the Liberal government's record.

Campaigning for Canada's federal election on 21 October formally began on Wednesday, as Justin Trudeau seeks a second parliamentary majority from an increasingly divided electorate.

"We've done a lot together these past four years but the truth is we're just getting started", Trudeau said. A Conservative win would be significantly CAD-positive and a Liberal minority supported by the NDP would be negative.

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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.

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

Asked to choose the two most important issues that will determine which party they'll support, 35% picked the level of income taxation.

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.

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Later Wednesday, People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier is to appear for his own campaign debut in Toronto, alongside candidate Renata Ford, wife of the late populist Toronto mayor Rob Ford. The Conservatives have 30.7, the NDP are at 16.6, Greens are at 11 per cent, the Bloc Quebecois have 4 per cent, and the People's Party are sitting at 1 per cent.

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.

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Prime Minister Trudeau dissolves Canada parliament