2021-09-20 18:04:40 Why did Justin Trudeau call for an early election?
Why did Justin Trudeau call for an early election?
Canadians frequently complain when federal elections are called ahead of schedule, as was the case with Monday’s vote. However, most complaints fade away after the first week of campaigning.
No, not this time. With the Delta variant of the coronavirus sweeping many provinces and their governments restoring or postponing plans to lift restrictions, questions about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s election call continue to dominate the race.
“They’ve been struggling with answering that question throughout the campaign,” said Gerald Butts, Mr. Trudeau’s longtime friend and former top political adviser. “And that is one of the reasons they are having trouble getting the message across.”
While Mr. Trudeau avoids using the word “majority,” there is no doubt that he is seeking to reclaim control of the House of Commons, which he lost in the 2019 election, when his Liberal Party received only a minority of votes. Since then, he has relied on the ad hoc support of opposition parties to pass legislation, which Mr. Trudeau claims has caused delays in pandemic preparedness measures.
The deputy prime minister and finance minister, Chrystia Freeland, stated that the “Covid consensus” among all parties in Parliament unraveled this spring.
“We really saw that it was becoming increasingly difficult to get the country’s business done,” she said last week during a break in her one-person campaign tour of the country. “It was clear to us that keeping moving in the fall would become truly impossible.”
Opponents of Mr. Trudeau disagree, pointing out that all major pieces of Mr. Trudeau’s pandemic legislation have passed, though several bills died when Mr. Trudeau adjourned Parliament for the vote. They have consistently criticized his decision to call the snap election as unnecessary and potentially dangerous for voters.
Liberals are among the disgruntled, raising the possibility that many of them will simply not vote.