Media bus hits Justin Trudeau's campaign plane

Media bus hits Justin Trudeau's campaign plane

Campaigning for Canada's federal election on 21 October formally began on Wednesday, as Justin Trudeau seeks a second parliamentary majority from an increasingly divided electorate.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trudeau beamed alongside his wife, Sophie, in Ottawa, after asking Governor General Julie Payette, the head of state, to dissolve parliament.

"Canadians get to vote once again for the country they want to live in", he told reporters outside her official residence, the BBC reported.

A Nanos Research poll released on Tuesday showed the Liberals at 34.6pc and the main opposition Conservatives, led by Andrew Scheer, at 30.7pc.

The rough day one for the Liberal campaign continued when Trudeau flew to Victoria, BC only to have the media bus drive into the plane on the tarmac, damaging the wing.

One of the largest pieces of luggage has been the SNC-Lavalin affair, the controversy surrounding Trudeau's having pressured his former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to help the engineering and construction giant avoid a criminal trial over fraud and bribery charges.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau boards the Liberal campaign plane in Ottawa on September 11, 2019, en route to Vancouver.

Concerns over affordability, health care, climate change and ethics are at the fore.

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Johnston says voters will see party leaders frequently in the the Lower Mainland over the next 40 days.

"I do not engage in personal attacks but I will be very, very sharp on distinctions around policy", he said on Wednesday.

Finally, a satirical political group that calls itself the Rhinoceros Party - but which is recognized by Canada's federal election regulator as a registered party - said it plans to field a candidate to run against Maxime Bernier, the leader of the right-wing People's Party of Canada (PPC).

The NDP are polling nationally in third place, on roughly 13%-14% support, with a slight lead over the Green Party.

In 2015, Trudeau came across as optimistic, trustworthy, transparent and hopeful, a new face who would change politics and take it out of the sullen, accusatory rut it was in. A Conservative win would be significantly CAD-positive and a Liberal minority supported by the NDP would be negative.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is thought to be Mr Trudeau's biggest rival.

The Bloc only runs candidates in that province.

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