Canada’s party leaders are heading out for their first full day on the campaign trail on Monday. This comes after Trudeau called for a snap election to secure his place as Prime Minister and Governor General Mary Simon granted his request to dissolve parliament to accommodate the early election on September 20, 2021. This means that the leaders only have 36 days of campaigning before Canadians head to the polls.
Trudeau is leveraging his government’s response to the pandemic to appeal to voters, saying, “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 to and through the end of this crisis.” Trudeau will travel from Quebec to Cobourg, Ontario today, with several scheduled stops on the way, reports CP24.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who also just announced that he and his wife are expecting their first child, will be campaigning in Toronto on Monday, and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will be in Ottawa and appear virtually for events with Newfoundland and Labrador, the outlet says.
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Trudeau is facing criticism from his opposition for his decision to hold an early election amid what is now being called the fourth wave of COVID-19 cases in Canada. “I sincerely hope Justin Trudeau is not putting people at risk by launching this election,” said O’Toole, suggesting that Canadians are in for another four years of “broken promises” and letdowns by voting Liberal.
Green Leader Annamie Paul and Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet are also taking aim at the Prime Minister for the timing of his decision.
Singh marched in Montreal’s Pride Festival on Sunday and also took a moment to announce what he is fighting for in this election. “We can deliver a future that includes everyone – that’s more affordable, equal, hopeful, and secure,” he wrote on Instagram.
Canadians will get to cast their ballots in all of the ways that they would during a normal election — at advanced polling stations, by mail, on election day, and at your local Elections Canada office, reports CBC. Elections Canada has released details on all of the health and safety protocols that will be in place.