Trudeau weighs Canadian early elections

Trudeau weighs Canadian early elections

Mr. Trudeau, prominent members of his cabinet and leaders of the main opposition parties have been campaigning across the country for several weeks. In recent months, many politicians have announced their retirement, which is also an indication that the voting period is approaching.

Mr Trudeau appears to be betting that the government’s generally welcomed measure, particularly in terms of financial aid to Canadians, Canadian companies and the purchase of vaccines, will bring his government back to work with a majority in the House of Commons. His Liberal party won the most seats in the 2019 elections, 157, but failed to secure a majority in the House of Representatives with 338 seats, leaving it dependent on the support of opposition parties to pass legislation.

Opinion polls with liberals show sufficient support for a return to power but not necessarily with a majority. Mr. Trudeau may be hoping his campaigning skills and celebrity image can change that.

Erin O’Toole, leader of the Conservative Party, the largest opposition group, has struggled to gain attention and support during his first year in office.

Waiting to go to the polls can also pose risks to Trudeau, said Laurie Turnbull, a professor of political science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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