Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced Sunday a snap election for Sept.20, hoping to capitalize on popular support for his government’s efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Canadians need to choose how we finish the fight against Covid-19 and build back better – from getting the job done on vaccines, to having people’s backs all the way through to the end of this crisis,” said Trudeau.
Trudeau officially requested that Governor-General Mary Simon, the representative of Queen Elizabeth who is Canada’s head of state, dissolve parliament and set national elections for Sept. 20.
Simon granted the request, setting the election for Sept. 20 which is two years earlier than scheduled. The campaign will be 36 days, the shortest possible election period under federal law.
Trudeau’s Liberal Party won a majority in 2015 but was relegated to a 157-seat minority government in the last election in 2019. He is hoping to get back a majority in the face of what analysts have described as a divided and weak opposition Conservative Party of Canada.
The Liberals must win at least 170 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons, up 15 seats from their current standing, to regain a majority.
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