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Canadian prime minister to visit governor general on Sunday over election call

Published Aug 14, 2021 08:04PM ET Updated Aug 14, 2021 08:25PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to a news conference with Mary Simon to announce her as the next Governor General of Canada in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada July 6, 2021. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

By David Ljunggren and Steve Scherer

OTTAWA (Reuters) -Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Governor General Mary Simon on Sunday at 1000 ET (1400 GMT), when he is expected to seek a federal election next month, two years ahead of schedule.

In a statement from the Liberal prime minister's office on Saturday, there was no mention of the reason for the meeting, but Trudeau is expected to ask Simon, the representative of Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state, to formally dissolve Parliament, as Reuters first reported https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canada-pm-trudeau-is-planning-call-snap-election-sept-20-sources-2021-08-12 two days ago.

Constitutional experts say Simon will agree to the request, setting in motion Canada's eighth national election since 2000.

Although the current Parliament's four-year term does not expire until October 2023, Trudeau is betting that high COVID-19 vaccination rates and a post-pandemic economic rebound will help him prolong and strengthen his grip on power.

Opinion polls show Trudeau's center-left Liberals ahead of their main Conservative rivals but not by a large enough margin to guarantee him a majority of the 338 seats in the House of Commons.

Trudeau first won a majority in 2015. But in the 2019 election, after old pictures of him in blackface surfaced, he came up short of a majority, leaving him dependent on opposition parties to govern.

Canadian prime minister to visit governor general on Sunday over election call
 

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Sakibu Abiodun Shalom
Sakibu Abiodun Shalom Aug 15, 2021 12:42AM ET
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we can't judge concerning the election but God knows who Will seat on the throne
Matt Brackley
Matt Brackley Aug 14, 2021 10:40PM ET
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O'l blackface himself.
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Ahh yes let's re-elect fascism.
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He is one of the globalist elites
 
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