Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally kicked off what promises to be a grueling election campaign as he contends with sinking popularity and surging challengers on all sides.
The charismatic Liberal prime minister who won a surprise landslide in 2015 on the promise of “sunny ways” for all Canadians will be battling to hold on to his parliamentary majority against untested adversaries across the political spectrum.
Trudeau met with the country’s governor-general, Julie Payette, on Wednesday morning to ask her to dissolve the current Parliament, setting the stage for the October 21 general election.
Voters will elect 338 members of the House of Commons in October. The latest polls show the Liberals claiming a slight lead over the Conservative Party.