Canadians to vote in new federal election next week, but Trudeau will not rule out another term
Canada’s election of October 2019 will see Justin Trudeau, the Liberal leader who has been in power for seven years, contest the next federal election under a new party mandate.
Trudeau is to win a majority of seats and will serve out a term of office when the new election takes place on November 4.
The result will be officially announced on November 8, and Trudeau has promised to serve another term as leader.
A majority of Canadians voted for Trudeau in the last election, in 2015, but he will be the first prime minister to win re-election since Pierre Trudeau, who served as prime minister from 1993 to 1996.
A new mandate The mandate Trudeau is seeking will see him take office with the mandate to make Canada the most equal country in the world and ensure the well-being of Canadians.
Trudeau will have a mandate to implement the commitments made by his predecessor, former prime minister Stephen Harper, which included creating a national health system, investing $10 billion in public transit and creating jobs in the economy, and supporting the country’s transition to renewable energy.
The mandate is also aimed at reducing inequality and increasing opportunities for women and minorities.
The Liberals are seeking to expand social programs and increase social security benefits, and make public services more accessible and accessible to all Canadians.
Liberals are expected to propose a package of policies that include a $5.2 billion tax cut for the wealthy, but are expected not to include a major infrastructure package.
A plan to bring back a $20-a-day child tax credit has been one of Trudeau’s signature issues.
The Liberal party has also committed to implementing a national apprenticeship program, to ensure that young people can secure a decent wage and have access to training, and to establish a new gender equity fund to help ensure equal representation in the workplace.
The party will also commit to increasing the share of women and other underrepresented groups in politics, and creating a commission to look into gender parity in Canada’s political and economic system.
Trudeau’s mandate has attracted criticism from both right-wing and left-wing parties in Canada.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer accused the Liberals of pandering to right-of-centre voters and promising “the most radical change in Canadian politics since the Second World War.”
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has also said that the Liberals are “going to win this election because they are more willing to cut social programs, to cut funding for social programs like childcare and health care, to eliminate public transit, to dismantle the public safety net.”
Ahead of the election, Liberal strategists have said the Liberals would seek to win over some of the more moderate voters who are traditionally more sympathetic to the left.
The Conservatives, however, are expected be the largest party in the next election and will likely win seats in several ridings.
The Conservative Party is also expected to have more seats than the Liberals.
The results of the federal election are expected by mid-November.
With files from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press