Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced early elections on Sunday, September 20, to seek a new mandate to rid the nation of epidemics, much to the dismay of his rivals.
Despite massive pandemic aid, despite opposition-backed federal budgets and other key legislation over the past year, Trudeau – in office since 2015 – lamented that parliament has become inactive.
The prime minister met with Governor-General Maryam Simon on Sunday and asked her to dissolve parliament, leading to the general election, which polls suggest is likely to bring her liberals back to power.
After the meeting, Trudeau said, “Canadians need to choose how we can end the fight against CoV 19 and build it better – from working on vaccines to supporting people to ending this crisis.” up to.”
All five parties currently holding seats in parliament are gearing up for a fierce battle at the ballot box.
Most Canadians approve of Trudeau’s epidemic response. But if the fourth wave of Covid 19 infection occurs during the campaign, it could damage its backing.
“This was the only window of opportunity for him, as with the return of students to school and university in two weeks, Cowed’s case will inevitably escalate,” Felix Matthews, a professor of political science at the University of Winnipeg, told AFP.
He added that Trudeau’s government had “already held 18 months, which is the average age for a minority government.”
Despite rising vaccination rates, the highest in the world – about 62 per cent of Canadians are fully vaccinated – there have been about 1,000 new cases of vaccine reported in Canada recently.
Trudeau was re-elected in 2019 but lost his majority in his second term amid scandals.
To regain a majority on September 20, the Liberals will have to win at least 170 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons, 15 more than at present.
According to a recent Abacus data poll, the Liberals are at a distance from the majority with 37% support.
The Conservatives and the new left-wing Democratic Party – which has so far pushed liberals and seen increased support – 28 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
Trudeau’s main challenge, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, meanwhile, has been struggling to find her footing since becoming Conservative leader in August 2020, as lockdowns and other public health measures are out of reach.
In March, he told the party convention that he was in deep trouble with his status and file a strong plan to tackle climate change if the Conservatives ever hoped to defeat Trudeau. Need Members instead voted in favor of a resolution stating that “climate change is real.”
On Sunday, he focused his first election speech on the promise of a “strong economy.”
And he condemned Trudeau’s decision to call an election, saying the country should not jeopardize its fight against Code 19 “for political games, for political gain.”
Jagmeet Singh, who heads the New Democratic Party (NDP), is Trudeau’s other rival and could win votes for liberals among young and urban voters.
Condemning Trudeau’s “selfish summer election,” he said Sunday that he was “ready to fight for the working people, to pay the rich and big corporations their due,” and We are ready to build a rehabilitation that works for everyone. “
The campaign lasts only 36 days and is largely expected to plan epidemics after epidemic management, the government’s extensive emergency relief programs, and the three-year CAN $ 101.4 billion (US 80 80.9 billion).
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