Justin Trudeau fires starting gun for Canada's general election

Federal election campaign to kick off on Wednesday

The latest Globe and Mail report about the scandal that rocked his government, by tenacious press gallery veteran Robert Fife who broke the original story in February, suggests Trudeau and the Prime Minister's Office did not cooperate with RCMP in its current probe of the affair.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau met with Governor-General Julie Payette at Rideau Hall on Wednesday morning to dissolve the last Parliament, marking the start of the 2019 federal election campaign.

"I will always defend the public interest".

Scheer said the law is "not something that our party would ever consider at the federal level", but also that a Conservative government would not intervene against the provincial legislation.

"Over the next five weeks I will be explaining the reasons why Justin Trudeau has lost that authority and our alternative plan", he said.

"Canadians will head to the polls on October 21", Trudeau told reporters outside Payette's official residence in Ottawa. "Will we go back to the failed policies of the past or will we continue to move forward?"

The last federal election in 2015 ran roughly 78 days, a record length for a Canadian political campaign, and saw the incumbent Conservatives lose to the then third-place Liberals in an upset that only became apparent in polls of voter intentions toward the very end of that campaign.

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The NDP are launching their campaign today in London, Ont., one of the regions of the province they feel they'll be able to hold onto seats.

Leader Jagmeet Singh accused Trudeau and Scheer of failing to live up to promises to help Canadians, saying the costs for everything are getting out of control. "We respect the decision made by the clerk", said Trudeau, who moments earlier was greeted at Payette's front door by the new Privy Council clerk Ian Shugart.

The Green Party, led by Elizabeth May, will be focusing efforts on trying to break through in British Columbia and Atlantic Canada. Canadians are less-engaged in politics than most countries until elections are called. "We will tell Canadians how serious the climate emergency is".

The Conservatives also lost Maxime Bernier, who was elected under their banner but quit to start the People's Party of Canada.

At the dissolution of Parliament, the Liberals hold 177 seats, the Conservatives 95, the NDP 39, the Bloc 10 and the Greens 2. There are eight independents - including former Liberal cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould.

The leader of the left-leaning New Democrats (NDP), he is the first person of colour to have taken the helm of a major federal political party in Canada.

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