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With a federal election just around the corner, Canada's major political parties are beginning their election campaigns and making policy promises to Canadians.

On August 16, the Conservative Party announced that part of their "recovery plan" is to remove GST on retail purchases for the whole month of December.

According to party leader Erin O'Toole, this will make the holiday season more affordable for Canadians.

In a video clip shared online, O'Toole described the move as a "month-long GST holiday." During this time, all purchases at retail stores across Canada would be free from federal tax for the entirety of December. This means Canadians could save 5% on every eligible purchase made in December.

In a tweet on Tuesday, the Conservative leader added, "I know that life is getting more expensive and paycheques aren't going as far. This GST holiday will give hardworking Canadians a much-needed break, from the rising cost of living, during the holidays and help support local businesses."

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has also promised to save Canadians money if elected, as the NDP wants to forgive up to $20,000 of student debt.

Canada's largest federal parties formally kicked off their election campaigns on Sunday, although many politicians have actually been in campaign mode for weeks.

Over 55K People Are Voting Outside Of Canada & Here's Where Most Are Casting Ballots From

Lots of voting kits have been sent to the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere!

During the federal election, voting outside of Canada is available for citizens who are at least 18 years old on election day and have lived in this country before.

Elections Canada has data on the number of special ballot voting kits that have been issued to people in Canada and out of the country, and it seems like so many Canucks living abroad are going to cast their ballots. As of September 16, more than 55,000 voting kits have been issued to people living outside of Canada who will be voting in the federal election.

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Elections Canada is warning Canadians that if they're diagnosed with COVID-19 over the next few days they may not be able to vote in the federal election.

According to one question in their FAQ section — "What if I develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive after advance polling days or on election day?" — Canadians with symptoms should not show up to an Elections Canada office or polling station on voting day at all.

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If you've ever wondered who Erin O'Toole's doppelganger is, we've got the answer.

Eagle-eyed Twitter users have discovered that the Conservative Party leader looks just like Detective Michael Hitchcock from Brooklyn Nine-Nine and once you've seen it, it's impossible to unsee.

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A Cat From Guelph Is Unofficially Running In The 2021 Elections & His Campaign Is Purrfect

"You rub my belly, I'll scratch yours." — Fernando the Cat's platform.

Canada's federal election day is coming up and one four-legged Guelph resident is among the candidates. Backed by the Feline Party, Fernando the Cat is running in the furr-deral elections, and he is not kitten around.

"Fernando came late to [the] race, but it was the appearance of other party signs that seemed to drive down the number of snacks being received on a daily basis," Fernando's campaign manager and info officer, "Doc," told Narcity via email. "His feline intuition made the connection. These candidates were taking his snacks."

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