Published On: Sun, Aug 15th, 2021
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Canadian PM Trudeau Triggers Snap Election for Sept. 20on August 15, 2021 at 7:01 pm

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OTTAWA—Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday called an early election for Sept. 20, saying he needed a new mandate to ensure voters approved of his Liberal government’s plan to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Trudeau, 49, is betting that high vaccination rates against the virus and a post-pandemic economic rebound will help him prolong and strengthen his grip on power. Newly-released data shows 71 percent of the country’s eligible population is fully vaccinated. The election comes at a “pivotal, consequential moment” for Canada, Trudeau said. “We will be taking decisions that will last not just for the coming months but for the coming decades. Canadians deserve their say. That’s exactly what we’re going to give them,” he told reporters. Trudeau spoke after visiting Governor General Mary Simon, the representative of head of state Queen Elizabeth, to formally request the dissolution of Parliament. Polls suggest the Liberals will win their …

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