Canada’s Trudeau calls for snap general election

  16 August 2021    Read: 178
Canada’s Trudeau calls for snap general election

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called a snap summer general election as Canada enters into its pandemic fourth wave, reports citing BBC.

The general election comes as polls indicate his minority Liberal government looks within reach of forming a majority.

The 49-year-old Liberal leader says "Canadians need to choose how we finish the fight against Covid-19".

Canadians will vote on 20 September, some two years ahead of schedule.
On Sunday, Mr Trudeau visited Canada's Governor General Mary Simon - the representative of the Queen, Canada's head of state - and asked her to dissolve Parliament.

The leader of the centrist Liberals said a general election was necessary so voters have a voice on the path forward at a "pivotal moment".

In October 2019, voters handed him a minority, meaning he has had to rely on opposition parties to help him pass his agenda.

Opposition parties criticised the Liberals for calling a five-week long campaign during the pandemic's latest wave simply for "political gain".

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