Trudeau calls snap Canada election
August 17, 2021 - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has triggered an election on September 20, as he seeks to capitalise on high Covid-19 vaccination rates and a post-pandemic economic rebound.
Trudeau is seeking to win a majority of seats in Parliament. His Liberal Party fell just short of that two years ago and must rely on the opposition to pass legislation.
The election comes as Canada is experiencing a new wave of Covid-19 cases, driven by the delta variant of the coronavirus. Trudeau called it “the fourth wave amongst unvaccinated people.”
Trudeau isn’t as popular as he once was, but his government’s handling of the pandemic has been widely viewed as a success. After a slow start Canada now has enough vaccine for every citizen. More than 71 percent of eligible Canadians are fully vaccinated and over 82 percent have received at least one dose. The government has spent billions to prop up the economy amid lockdowns that have now lifted.