This is it! Justin Trudeau will officially kick-off October’s federal election campaign on Wednesday morning when he will pay a visit to Rideau Hall at 10 a.m. During his visit, Trudeau is expected to formally ask Governor General Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament, officially putting things into motion for Canada’s 43rd general election, now only 40 short days away.
Following his visit to Rideau Hall, the Prime Minister is expected to hold a rally shortly after the official campaign launch. He will be then jetting off on the Liberal plane to well and truly get this election underway.
This means that the official federal campaign will begin just one short day before the first leaders’ debate in Toronto, where every party leader will be present except Trudeau.
Although the main federal parties have been campaigning informally for weeks, Trudeau's visit tomorrow will officially kick off the start of the federal election campaigns, and things are expected to get nasty!
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is scheduled to have a rally-style event in Trois-Rivières, Quebec at the same time on Wednesday morning, before he makes his way to the Ontario riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge. The tensions between Scheer and Trudeau have been slowly building in the run-up to October 21, and the official beginning of the campaign season is unlikely to change this.
The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh began a soft-launch of his party’s campaign on Sunday, with a rally in Toronto. Singh intends to retain his party’s third-place status and will be in London, Ontario on Wednesday. After this, Singh is expected to spend the next week or so in the GTA, travelling in his newly-revealed campaign bus.
Over in the Green Party, leader Elizabeth May will be launching her campaign from British Columbia, her home province. According to CBC News, she will be hoping to make a breakthrough by building on the party's two seats in the House of Commons.
For the People’s Party of Canada, Maxime Bernier is hoping to hang on to his own seat, while also attempting to bring new MPs to Parliament.
The federal election will be officially held on October 21, 2019. Campaigns for leadership will begin as of tomorrow, Wednesday September 10.
Let the games begin!