This morning, Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked Canada’s Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliament, and around 10am (Ottawa time) Johnston approved his request.
Canadians will be heading to the polls on Monday, October 19, setting up a marathon eleven-week campaign that will be the most expensive in Canadian history and the longest in modern times.
The three main federal parties begin the race in a close heat, with polls indicating the Conservatives, Thomas Mulcair and New Democrats, and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals each have around 30 per cent of popular support.
Harper calls the choice in this election “critical” and says it is important that Canadians think about the important issues.
Harper will get the Conservative campaign underway at a rally later today in Montreal.
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair wasted no time responding to Harper.
“I’ve heard the calls for change grow louder, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Wages are falling, incomes are stagnant, and house hold debt is skyrocketing.”
Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau is expected to hold an event in Vancouver today before taking party in the Pride parade.
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