Election called for Oct. 21

Trudeau and the Liberal Party are seeking another four years in office, but have seen their standings slip amid a series of scandals.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called an election. Denis Langlois / Sun Times

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called Canada’s 43rd general election for Oct. 21.

Earlier today he went to Rideau Hall in Ottawa and asked Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament. Trudeau and the Liberal Party are seeking another four years in office, but have seen their standings slip amid a series of scandals and campaigning from the opposition Conservatives, New Democratic Party, a Green Party rising in the polls as well as other political groups across the nation’s provinces.

“This fall, Canadians once again get to vote for the kind of Canada they want to live in,” Trudeau said at a press conference after his request was granted by Payette. “Under a Liberal government, Canada will continue to move forward. At the end of the day, politics is about people.”

He will face Andrew Scheer of the Conservative Party, Jagmeet Singh of the NDP, Elizabeth May for the Green’s and Maxime Bernier of the upstart People’s Party of Canada. Conservative MP for Sturgeon River – Parkland Dane Lloyd is seeking another term in office and says he and his fellow Conservative candidates can oust Trudeau from office and that once the campaign is underway the party will beat expectations.

“We have been campaigning hard for months now,” he said. “As soon as we get underway Conservatives will out-perform.”

Listed candidates for the major parties as of Tuesday evening. Evan J. Pretzer

Lloyd added he is focused on the need to get pipelines built and to stand up for Canadian resources in the face of what defenders of the two things see as a coordinated and tough campaign from domestic and international individuals and groups to minimize each sector. He also said the campaign is seeing a number of smaller parties make a play for votes, but thinks the public has learned from prior federal elections.

“Most are concerned we will see a repeat of 1993, 1997 and 2000 if there is a split on the right,” Lloyd said. “It allowed the Liberals to walk to victory in those elections. We are not going to take it for granted that we will win and will work to earn every single vote.”

Lloyd will run against Ronald Brochu for the Liberal Party, Cass Romyn of the Greens and Tyler Beauchamp of the People’s Party of Canada. More on the race and the contest in the Yellowhead between Gerald Soroka of the Conservatives, Jeremy Hoefsloot of the Liberals and Douglas Galavan of the PPC will come. 

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