Federal Election Being Called Wednesday

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The federal election campaign starts Wednesday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to visit Rideau Hall at 10am to ask Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament.

By law, voting day is set for Oct. 21, but the prime minister has a two-week window starting Sept. 1 in which to begin the formal campaign.

The federal parties have been campaigning informally for weeks, with Liberal ministers making government funding announcements while Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have attacked the Liberal government's record.

Foreign Affairs Minister Christia Freeland was in Windsor on Monday to announce funding for two training programs offered by LiUNA Local 625.

A total of $213,000 is going to train workers for the Gordie Howe Bridge project in the Elevated Bridge Work project. Another $95,000 is to help train workers in operating several types of construction equipment.

Recent opinion polls have suggested the Liberals and Conservatives are fighting for first place in popular support, but neither would likely win a majority in the House of Commons if an election were held immediately.

 

— With files from The Canadian Press