Justin Trudeau calls Canadian general election for 21 October

Justin Trudeau calls Canadian general election for 21 October

The prime minister was found by a federal ethics watchdog to have improperly tried to influence a former minister over the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, a major engineering and construction company facing a criminal trial.

The Liberals have maintained that the decision to keep some SNC-related cabinet discussions secret was made by the non-partisan public service, specifically the Clerk of the Privy Council, on the basis of cabinet confidence, a privilege afforded under the law to sitting governments.

This year's election campaign cycle will last just under six weeks - half of the length of the 2015 election campaign, which clocked in at 78 days, making it the longest in modern Canadian history.

"He is not telling the truth that it is not his decision", Scheer said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks outside Rideau Hall in Ottawa on September 11, 2019.

But Mr Trudeau may not win enough seats to govern by himself after a series of missteps that called into question his leadership while cutting into his once sky-high popularity.

Justin Trudeau fires starting gun for Canada's general election
Polls suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are running neck-and-neck, while the NDP and Greens are fighting for third. The purchase of the pipeline brought with it wide criticism from environmental groups and Indigenous communities alike.

Trudeau's father, Pierre Trudeau, swept to power in 1968 on a wave of support dubbed "Trudeaumania", but narrowly avoided losing the 1972 election just four years later.

He began with a short tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, as a nod to the campaign's kickoff on the anniversary date.

His main rival is the Conservative Party's Andrew Scheer. After almost 10 years of the abrasive leadership of Conservative Stephen Harper, Canadians were congenial to the notion of change and were vulnerable to Trudeau's fresh, upbeat message.

He said Canadians need to decide whether they want to go back to the failed policies of a conservative government that believes in cuts and austerity. "That's the choice. It's that clear and it's that important".

At a campaign stop in Victoria, B.C., the Liberal leader says the tax would help deter foreigners who wish to speculate in the housing market, which has been a key contributor to a surge in home prices in some markets in recent years. But the son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau could now be in trouble.

Canadians have long believed a vibrant economic relationship with China was vital; Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the prime minister's father, recognized communist China nearly a decade before Jimmy Carter did.

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