Wednesday, January 19, 2022

GG dissolves parliament at Trudeau’s request, speeds up elections

Ottawa- Govt. General Mary Simon has agreed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s request to dissolve parliament, sparking an election campaign amid a fourth wave of COVID-19 and opposition allegations it is reckless and unnecessary.

The leader of the Liberal Party visited Rideau Hall on Sunday morning and asked Simon to pull the plug on the minority parliament and send Canadians to an election on September 20.

Trudeau told a news conference after meeting with Simon that his government did not anticipate COVID-19, but that it focused on supporting Canadians and small businesses throughout the pandemic, for those affected by the crisis Canada provided emergency response benefits and wage subsidies.

He said Canadians need to choose how the country ends the fight against COVID-19.

“At this critical, consequential moment, who wouldn’t want to have a say? Who wouldn’t want a chance to decide where our country goes from here?” Trudeau asked.

“As much as we have done over the past several months, we have a lot of work ahead of us. … You deserve to say, because this is your moment.”

The election call comes days after Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam warned that the country was in the midst of a fourth wave of the pandemic with the number of cases steadily rising in recent weeks.

Trudeau, however, argued that Canadians should have a chance to evaluate the government’s handling of the crisis and decide whether they agree with the liberals’ ambitious and costly plan to rebuild the economy once the pandemic subsides. Is for.

Liberals have also said that minority parliaments have become toxic and useless and that they need a strong majority mandate to implement the recovery plan.

Opposition parties rejected these claims, pointing out that the government has not lost a trust vote, including in its spring budget, and arguing that holding elections during a pandemic is irresponsible and dangerous.

Still, opposition leaders have been making campaign-style announcements across the country in recent weeks.

On Sunday, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole was set to speak at the Ottawa Hotel in the city and then hold virtual events with people in Quebec and British Columbia.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will begin his campaign in Montreal, where he will attend the pride ceremony.

Bloc Québécois’ Yves-François Blanchett will also start the race in Montreal and participate in the Pride Parade with other Bloc candidates.

Green leader Annie Paul will begin her campaign in the ride to Toronto Center, where she hopes to win a seat in the House of Commons. She will campaign in the area and attend a campaign party in the evening.

Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau arrived at Rideau Hall this morning with their three children, Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrian, and walked through the back garden before entering the residence.

The Liberal leader is launching a campaign two years after the last vote, when his party was reduced to a minority government, and polls show it is not certain that the party can win a majority this time around.

But Trudeau is gambling that general satisfaction with his handling of the pandemic – and unprecedented billions spent in emergency aid – will propel him beyond the 170 seats needed for a majority in the 338-seat House of Commons.

Liberal strategists acknowledge privately that voters can punish the party for perceived opportunism, especially if the pandemic worsens or the campaign triggers a super-spreader event.

There may also be criticism about the pace of the moderate response to COVID-19, particularly its slow procurement of vaccines.

But they are banking on voters rewarding the government for the fact that Canada now leads the world in vaccination, which should prevent the fourth wave from becoming as deadly as the first three.

Tam has said he believes Canadians should be able to vote safely in a pandemic election, provided public health protocols are followed.

O’Toole, for his part, will seek to seize his party’s reputation for fiscal restraint as concerns over inflation and rising debt levels mount after a massive $354-billion shortfall for 2020-21, which Canada’s net debt increased beyond $1 trillion. first time ever.

Singh, adopting a tax-rich populism and an upbeat tone, is set to argue that he sought pandemic relief from a reluctant minority government, including beefed-up wage subsidies, emergency benefits and sick-leave payments. Are included.

Meanwhile, Blanchett is targeting Conservative seats in and around Quebec City, where he hopes his message of nationalism – though not outright sovereignty – will resonate.

Upon dissolution, the Liberals had 155 seats, the Conservatives 119, the Bloc Québécois 32, the NDP 24 and the Greens two. Five independents and one post were also vacant.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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