Prime Minister Justin Trudeau address a crowd at a Liberal fundraiser in Brampton, Ontario, on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (Christopher Katsarov/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Justin Trudeau to launch federal election on Wednesday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to launch the 2019 federal election campaign Wednesday, CBC News reports.

Citing Liberal sources, CBC News says Trudeau is expected to visit Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette at her official residence at Rideau Hall in Ottawa Wednesday morning to ask The Queen’s representative in Canada to dissolve Parliament, setting the stage for Canada’s 43rd general election on Oct. 21.

The 41-day campaign will be nearly twice shorter than the marathon 78-day race that brought the Trudeau Liberals to power in 2015.

The Liberals, who are running neck in neck with the opposition Conservatives in most public opinion polls, are expected to face a tough battle for a second four-year mandate, despite booming economy and low unemployment.

Left to right, top row: Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Bottom row: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet. (via CBC)

Trudeau is expected to focus on his party’s accomplishments in job creation, reducing child poverty, reconciliation efforts with Canada’s Indigenous communities, and negotiating and signing key international trade agreements.

However, the Liberal Leader he is also likely to draw fire for ethics breaches in the criminal case against Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, as well as criticism for foreign policy lapses.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who will be fighting his first general election campaign as party leader, is expected to launch his campaign following the official announcement on Wednesday.

Scheer, whose party unveiled its election slogan “it’s time for you to get ahead,” is expected to campaign on promises of lower taxes and repealing the Liberal carbon tax.

The New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh will be fighting to retain his party’s third-place status,  while Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is hoping to replace the NDP as the third largest party in the House of Commons.

The upstart People’s Party of Canada, led by former Conservative leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier, hopes to capitalize on the populist sentiment that has been bubbling below the surface across Canada and was instrumental in bringing to power President Donald Trump south of the border in the United States.

Political analysts expect the separatist Bloc Quebecois party, which presents candidates only in the province of Quebec, to try to stage a political comeback and prove that talk of their demise is premature.

With files from CBC News

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