Justin Trudeau fires starting gun for Canada's general election

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"Unlike the Liberals and Conservatives who work for their rich and powerful friends, we will help people who are struggling to get by", said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in Hamilton, Ont.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to Governor General Julie Payette Wednesday morning to ask that she dissolve Parliament and plunge the country into its 43rd general election, evoked his tenure as leader of our G7 nation; an exercise in contradiction.

Polls suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are running neck-and-neck, while the NDP and Greens are fighting for third.

The PM also mentioned the differences between himself and vanquished foe Stephen Harper more often than his contemporary Conservative challenger Andrew Scheer; Trudeau and Sophie's entrance alone, a stark contrast to Harper's limousine motorcades' past.

Justin Trudeau greets the Liberal supporters at an event where he joined Premier Kathleen Wynne for a by election rally to support provincial Liberal candidate Elizabeth Roy in Whitby-Oshawa's byelection campaign in 2016.

Climate change and affordability are predicted to be key campaign issues.

His main rival is the Conservative Party's Andrew Scheer.

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.

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

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.

The purchase of the pipeline brought with it wide criticism from environmental groups and Indigenous communities alike.

He then fielded questions from reporters who asked about other parts of his record like the SNC-Lavalin affair. But the son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau could now be in trouble.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a town hall meeting at Western University, January 11, 2018.

For many, the move sullied his reputation as a feminist after putting a gender-equal cabinet into place, as well as his traction in the ongoing attempts at reconciliation with indigenous peoples.

The Liberals now hold 38% support, versus 34% for the Tories. Canadians are less-engaged in politics than most countries until elections are called. The US' 2016 presidential election campaign lasted 597 days.

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