Though the economy typically weighs heavily on voters' mind, this campaign could see the environment as a major ballot box issue, as a number of polls have suggested that many Canadians expect the parties to put forward strong plans to rein in emissions.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on July 31, at the Liberals' campaign workshop, is expected to ask the governor general to dissolve Parliament to officially launch the campaign for the federal election. Under new regulations, brought in by the Trudeau government under Bill C-76, parties can spend up to $28.1-million nationally, while expense limits for candidates’ campaigns can add up to $37.5-million overall. In the last election, spending limits were dictated by the length of the campaign. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to formally ask Canada’s governor general on Wednesday morning to dissolve Parliament, setting the stage for the 41-day federal election campaign.
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One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.
Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.
A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.