No early elec­tion: PM vows next fed­eral

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OT­TAWA – Mark your cal­en­dars, and set those count­down clocks: Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau says that the next fed­eral elec­tion will not be called early. “We will have an elec­tion on the fixed elec­tion date of Oc­to­ber 21, I be­lieve it is,” Trudeau said dur­ing a sit-down in­ter­view with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Ques­tion Pe­riod. Al­most as ev­er­green as the top of the Peace Tower, early elec­tion ru­mours ramp up once the next fed­eral cam­paign is less than a year away. Though, with this pro­nounce­ment Trudeau seems cer­tain that the elec­tion will hap­pen as sched­uled. To be seen is how long the cam­paign pe­riod will be. Un­der cur­rent fed­eral elec­tion law, gen­eral elec­tions are held on the third Mon­day of Oc­to­ber, in the fourth year after the pre­vi­ous fed­eral elec­tion, but this does not pre­vent an elec­tion from hap­pen­ing ear­lier. The Gover­nor Gen­eral of Canada has the power to, fol­low­ing the ad­vice of the prime min­is­ter, call an elec­tion at an­other date and dis­solve the cur­rent Par­lia­ment. Dur­ing the last elec­tion, then-prime min­is­ter Stephen Harper kicked off the cam­paign con­sid­er­ably early, re­sult­ing in a 78-day race. The min­i­mum length of a cam­paign is 36 days. Trudeau thinks the bal­lot box ques­tion is go­ing to be: “Who has the right plan to en­sure a bet­ter fu­ture for Cana­di­ans?” Speak­ing to what he sees as be­ing his big­gest chal­lenge in 2019, Trudeau took a dig at his com­peti­tors, and re­stated an oft-re­peated line of at­tack on the Con­ser­va­tives. “Demon­strate that a thought­ful, rea­son­able ap­proach to solv­ing our prob­lems is bet­ter than the pol­i­tics of fear, di­vi­sion, of stir­ring up pop­ulist anger and not re­ally pro­vid­ing an­swers that are longer than fit on a bumper sticker,” Trudeau said. Ques­tioned about how he plans to com­mu­ni­cate his bro­ken prom­ises come 2019, from elec­toral re­form, to bal­anced bud­gets, Trudeau sought to de­fend his record by ref­er­enc­ing the record of his pre­de­ces­sor. “After 10 years of the low­est growth rate since the Great De­pres­sion un­der Stephen Harper, we’ve cre­ated strong growth in Canada. We’ve helped mil­lions of Cana­di­ans with things like the Canada Child Ben­e­fit. We’ve in­vested in in­fra­struc­ture, we’ve moved for­ward on rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with In­dige­nous peo­ples in real ways,” Trudeau said. Sev­eral times dur­ing the in­ter­view, Trudeau men­tioned Harper by name, more times than he did cur­rent Con­ser­va­tive Leader An­drew Scheer. He did not men­tion the NDP or their leader Jag­meet Singh, even once.Ex­pected to be a key is­sue in the lead up to, and po­ten­tially dur­ing the cam­paign, is the fed­eral car­bon tax. De­spite the grow­ing op­po­si­tion to the plan to put a price on car­bon emis­sions, Trudeau ap­peared con­fi­dent with his posi­ton on the is­sue. “In 2019, if some­one wants to be prime min­is­ter of this coun­try, one of the fun­da­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties is to build a cleaner econ­omy for the fu­ture and he has demon­strated a com­plete un­will­ing­ness, not even not to not present a plan, but to ac­tu­ally ad­mit that there is a prob­lem,” Trudeau said of Scheer. Re­spond­ing to Trudeau’s in­ter­view, Con­ser­va­tive Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt said that the 2019 elec­tion is go­ing to be about how peo­ple feel when they go to the bal­lot box.“Wages are not grow­ing as quickly as in­fla­tion, and taxes are go­ing up… and the new car­bon tax com­ing in. That’s go­ing to weigh heav­ily on peo­ple. They’re go­ing to feel it. They’re go­ing to feel when they make choices and what they’re go­ing to do for their kids, or how they’re go­ing to save money for the fu­ture, or their re­tire­ment,” said Raitt.

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