Justin Trudeau fires starting gun for Canada's general election

By Canadian Press	
	 		In the news today Sept. 11				Sep 11 2019

By Canadian Press In the news today Sept. 11 Sep 11 2019

Justin Trudeau says Canadians get to vote for the kind of Canada they want to live in next month - by giving his party another term, or taking a step back with the Conservatives.

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.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Wednesday in Ottawa shortly after a meeting with Governor General Julie Payette at Rideau Hall.

He also says how as a child, he never imagined that someone who looked like him could one day run to be prime minister and now he has kids coming up to him saying they believe they can do anything. "I will always defend the public interest".

It's off to the races for Calgary politicians seeking election as the country's 43rd Federal Election campaign has begun.

Concerns over affordability, health care, climate change and ethics are at the fore, Trudeau said his government has "spent the last four years making things better" and has "the record to prove it".

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The separatist Bloc Quebecois, under new leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, will be competing for seats against the Liberals, Conservatives and the NDP in Quebec, a crucial battleground province in federal politics.

Elizabeth May of the Green Party topped the list at 22.8 percent, followed by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer at 20 percent.

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"This is the most important election in Canadian history", May told about 200 cheering supporters.

By the time the House of Commons rose for the summer in June 2019, the Liberals stood at 177 seats compared to the Conservatives at 95, the NDP at 40, the Bloc at 10 and the Greens at three. There were eight independents - including former Liberal cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould. The People's Party of Canada has one seat and former New Democrat Erin Weir sits as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. Five seats were vacant.

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