Canadians go to the polls September 20
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Governor General Mary Simon at Rideau Hall on Sunday morning, August 15, to formally ask her to dissolve Parliament and allow a federal election. Canadians will go to the polls on Monday, September 20.
At a news conference after the meeting, Trudeau faced questions about the risks of holding an election as Canada enters the fourth wave of the pandemic. He responded, saying that Canadians need to choose how the country finishes the fight against COVID-19.
“As much as we’ve done over the past many, many months, we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. … You deserve a say, because this is your moment.”
Although opposition parties have argued that holding an election during a pandemic is irresponsible, the opposition leaders have been making campaign-style announcements across the country in recent weeks.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole spoke at an Ottawa hotel on Sunday and then held virtual events with people in Quebec and British Columbia.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh launched his campaign in Montreal, where he attended Pride celebrations.
The Bloc Québécois’ Yves-François Blanchet also kicked off his campaign in Montreal and participated in the Pride parade with other Bloc candidates.
Green Leader Annamie Paul launched her campaign in Toronto Centre, where she is hoping to win a seat in the House of Commons.
The Liberals have been governing during the pandemic in a minority Parliament and hope to gain a strong majority mandate to implement their recovery plan – 170 seats are needed for a majority in the 338-seat House of Commons. At the time of dissolution of Parliament, the Liberals held 155 seats, the Conservatives 119, the Bloc Québécois 32, the NDP 24 and the Greens two. There were also five Independents and one vacancy.