The Parliament dissolved, the electoral race can begin
The federal election campaign has just begun. Justin Trudeau went to the Governor General on Wednesday morning and Parliament was dissolved.
Canadians will go to the polls on October 21 to choose their 43rd Parliament.
At the time of the outbreak, the Liberal Party held 177 seats, the Conservative 95, the New Democratic Party 39, the Bloc Quebecois 10, the Green Party two.
There were eight independent MPs, including former Liberals Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott.
The People’s Party of Canada (PPC) was elected solely by its leader Maxime Bernier. And a former NDP MP identified himself as belonging to the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation.
Five of the 338 seats were empty.
The leaders of the six major parties will kick off their respective campaigns in different cities across the country.
The Liberal leader, after a press briefing at Rideau Hall, flew to Vancouver. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer begins his campaign in Trois-Rivières. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh launches his in London, Ontario.
Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet was in Quebec City in the morning and planned to be in his own riding in Beloeil-Chambly at the end of the day, where he hopes to be elected for the first time as a Member of Parliament.
PPC Leader Maxime Bernier kicked off his campaign in Toronto with candidate Renata Ford, the widow of the former mayor of Toronto.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has chosen Victoria, British Columbia, for the first official day of the 40-day campaign.
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