Despite recent polling that showed nearly two out of three Canadians do not want an election right now, Justin Trudeau made the short walk from his Ottawa residence up to Rideau Hall on Sunday to ask Governor General Mary Simon to dissolve Parliament, thereby triggering a federal election.
Shortly after it became official, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh dubbed the campaign Trudeau’s “selfish summer election”.
“After six years, we know a lot about Mr. Trudeau. He wants to look like he cares. He says the right thing but has no intention of doing it,” said Singh. “Calling an election two years early – in a pandemic – shows that he doesn’t want to follow through on his promises.”
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