Trudeau calls snap elections

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced snap elections for September 20 to seek a new mandate to steer the nation’s pandemic exit, much to the dismay of his rival parties.

Despite rolling out massive pandemic aid, passing a federal budget and other key legislation with opposition backing over the past year, Trudeau – in office since 2015 – has lamented that parliament has become dysfunctional.

He met Governor General Mary Simon to ask her to dissolve parliament, triggering a general election that polling shows is likely to return his Liberals to power.

Canadians approve of Trudeau’s pandemic response. But if a fourth wave of Covid-19 strikes, it could hurt his backing.

To regain a majority, the Liberals must win at least 170 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons, up 15 seats from its current standing.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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