Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will officially kick off the federal election campaign with a visit to Rideau Hall at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, Liberal sources have told CBC News.
Trudeau will formally ask Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament, setting the stage for Canada’s 43rd general election on Oct. 21.
The Liberals are seeking a second four-year mandate, citing the party’s accomplishments on child poverty, job creation and Indigenous relations while beating back criticism over the SNC-Lavalin ethics breach.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will be fighting his first campaign as party leader, as will the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh.
Singh is fighting to retain his party’s third-place status, while Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is hoping to make a breakthrough by building on the party’s two seats in the House of Commons.
The fledgling People’s Party of Canada under leader Maxime Bernier is also hoping to make a breakthrough by holding on to his own seat while bringing new MPs to Parliament under his party’s banner.