Stephen: 2019 Federal Election to launch tomorrow

CTV News reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Rideau Hall tomorrow to ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament and drop the writ, calling the 2019 Federal Election. Many of the country’s federal political parties have already been in campaign mode, but the move will make it official. Voters are expected to go to the polls on October 21st, making the campaign nearly half the length of 2015’s 78 day election.

Several hopefuls have already put their names forth from Newfoundland and Labrador, including Joedy Wall, Terry Martin, and Greg Malone, as well as former NDP MP Jack Harris, who will try and retake his seat in St. John’s East from Liberal incumbent Nick Whalen. This will also mark the first federal election for Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada, who currently have two candidates declared in NL.

Heading into the campaign here’s the current seat breakdown in the House of Commons. A party needs to win 170 seats for a majority government.

  • Liberal: 177
  • Conservative: 95
  • NDP: 39
  • Bloc Québécois: 10
  • Independent: 8
  • Green Party: 2
  • Co-operative Commonwealth Federation: 1
  • People’s Party: 1

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