Trudeau warns of 'failed policies of the past' as election gets underway

Canadian dollar lower after Trudeau calls Oct 21 election

Canadian dollar lower after Trudeau calls Oct 21 election

Although rivals may dismiss Mr Trudeau's achievements, diplomats in allied countries say his focus on feminism, the environment and the need for multilateral organisations is important at a time when populism is on the rise and the United States seems intent on shrinking its global ambitions. Will we go back to the failed policies of the past, or will we continue to move forward?

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he's not surprised Trudeau isn't showing up, given the re-emergence of SNC-Lavalin in the headlines.

It was unclear whether Trudeau's campaign would be able to resume flying on the same jet, and whether the schedule for Day 2 would change as a result. But the son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau could now be in trouble.

Trudeau announced Canada's federal election today where he will be seeking to win a second term. Trudeau's Liberals are neck and neck with Scheer's Conservatives, each with about 34% of the vote, according to a polling tracker maintained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. His Liberal government has also strongly advocated free trade.

"For average Canadians, the key takeaway.is that Justin Trudeau is not an exception, he's like other politicians", said Mr Nanos. One Canadian explained, "I am not voting Liberal in this election". On the Quebec religious symbols law, Trudeau said he was deeply opposed to it but that it would be "counterproductive for the federal government to engage in this process".

The scandal rocked the government and led to multiple resignations earlier this year, causing a drop in the leader's poll ratings.

"He has lost the moral authority to govern".

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Tamara Taggart speaking to supporters at a Liberal nomination event in Vancouver. "People who think Trudeau is corrupt clearly are not paying attention to Doug Ford and Ontario".

"Ontario Premier Doug Ford has reminded Ontarians what a conservative government can be like", said Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and global relations at the University of Toronto.

But before Trudeau could start his campaign in Vancouver, British Colombia (B.C.) on Wednesday evening, he had to deal with a barrage of questions regarding a long-running scandal involving allegations he tried to influence his former justice minister's handling of a corporate corruption case.

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.

Trudeau spent the majority of his speech following his meeting with the Governor General outlining what he sees as his government's progress after four years and laying out what he characterized as a stark choice facing Canadians this election.

Since then, he has legalised cannabis nationwide, put a price on carbon and bought a proposed pipeline expansion project that would get Canada's oil to global markets.

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