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Trudeau to Call for Federal Election on October 21st

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Trudeau will visit Gov. Gen. Julie Payette at Rideau Hall tomorrow at 10 a.m. and ask her to dissolve the 42nd Parliament, and draw up the writs for all 338 ridings across Canada.




Triggering the election then means that Canadians will be in for five-and-a-half weeks of campaigning, seeing the federal party leaders crisscrossing the country and pitching themselves, their candidates, and their platforms, before voters go to the polls on Oct. 21.


The 40-day campaign will be just over half the length of the marathon 78-day election in 2015. Trudeau had until Sept. 15 to call the election, but could have launched it as early as Sept. 1.





Over the election, each registered party can spend approximately $28.1 million, while individual candidates can spend on average $110,000, but it varies depending on the riding. That means should each party run a full slate of candidates they can spend a combined total of approximately $65 million. Third-party interest groups have a spending cap at just under $512,000.


Given the condensed length, more in line with general elections past, the 2019 race is expected to be a hard-fought campaign. While polls indicate the Conservatives and NDP are the Liberals' direct competitors, a story central to the campaign will be how well May, Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, and People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier fare in growing their seat counts.




Heading into the campaign here's the current seat breakdown in the House of Commons. A party needs to win 170 seats for a majority government.


Liberal: 177

Conservative: 95

NDP: 39

Bloc Québécois: 10

Independent: 8

Green Party: 2

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation: 1

People's Party: 1


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