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Justin Trudeau criticised for calling Canadian election in 4th wave

justin Trudeau is facing a tough re-election battle against his Conservative Party rival, Erin O''Toole. The vote is on September 20.

September 03, 2021 / 08:13 AM IST
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his decision to call an election during the pandemic in first debate of the campaign for this month''s election.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his decision to call an election during the pandemic in first debate of the campaign for this month''s election.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his decision to call an election during the pandemic in first debate of the campaign for this month''s election.

Trudeau is facing a tough re-election battle against his Conservative Party rival, Erin O''Toole. The vote is on September 20.

“Why did you trigger an election in the middle of a fourth wave?” O''Toole asked Trudeau at the French-language debate in Montreal.

Trudeau said he needs a mandate from voters. “We must give Canadians the choice,” he said.

He criticised O''Toole for not requiring his candidates to be vaccinated.

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O''Toole said he believes the country can find reasonable accommodations for those who are unvaccinated, like rapid testing and social distancing.

Four provinces including Quebec and Ontario, Canada''s largest, are bringing in vaccine passports that require citizens to be vaccinated to enter places like restaurants and gyms.

Trudeau called the election last month seeking to win the majority of seats in Parliament but polls show that is unlikely and that he might even lose power to O''Toole and the Conservative party.

Trudeau had wanted to capitalise on the fact that Canada is now one of the most fully vaccinated countries in the world, but the country is now in a fourth wave driven by the Delta variant.

The 49-year-old Trudeau, the son of the late Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, became the second youngest prime minister in Canadian history when he was first elected with a majority of seats in Parliament in 2015. He reasserted liberalism in 2015 after almost 10 years of Conservative Party government in Canada, but scandals combined with high expectations damaged his brand.

His father served as prime minister from 1968 to 1984 with a short interruption and remains one of the few Canadian politicians known in other countries.
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first published: Sep 3, 2021 08:14 am

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