Trudeau to visit Kamloops on Thursday as federal election campaign begins


It didn't take long for the SNC Lavalin scandal to be raised after Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election campaign officially got underway in Ottawa yesterday.

"We have a huge amount of work still to do. under a Liberal government, Canada will continue to move forward", Mr Trudeau told reporters after visiting the Ottawa residence of Governor General Julie Payette, the acting head of state, to formally launch the race.

Election day is set for October 21.

The worst moment of Mr Trudeau's tenure came in February, when former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould accused the prime minister and top officials of inappropriately pressuring her to ensure that construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a trial on corruption charges.

Concerns over affordability, health care, climate change and ethics are at the fore.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched his re-election campaign on Wednesday, saying that Canadians need to decide whether they want to return to the "failed policies" of a conservative government that believes in cuts and austerity.

British Columbia is expected to be a fierce battleground for multiple political parties, and the Liberals are fighting to hold on to their 17 seats there.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's election plane sustained some damage in Victoria after a media bus drove under one of its wings Wednesday night.

Justin Trudeau wades by the group as he can make ant election campaign prevent in Edmonton Sept. 12 2019.
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Justin Trudeau wades by the group as he can make ant election campaign prevent in Edmonton Sept. 12 2019. David Bloom Postmedia

"I do not engage in personal attacks but I will be very, very sharp on distinctions around policy", he said on Wednesday.

Scheer, 40, formerly the youngest-ever speaker in Canada's House of Commons, took the helm of the right-leaning party in 2017.

Canadian polls indicate the two candidates are both on just over 30 percent, with the NDP polling in third place - with a slight lead over the Green Party.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, buoyed by recent polls showing the Greens leading the NDP in popularity, gave a fiery election campaign speech to kick off their campaign.

Trudeau was an untested leader in 2015 when he won a majority government. A recent survey by Campaign Research, which polled 2,094 Canadians between September 3 to September 5, found that both the Liberal and Conservative parties were sitting at 34 per cent support.

His principal rival is Andrew Scheer, who for the last two years has led the country's Conservative Party.

The Bloc only runs candidates in that province.