Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliament, touching off an 11-week campaign in advance of an election Oct. 19.
“This is an election about leadership on the big issues that affect us all–the economy and our nation’s security,” he said.
Harper made the announcement outside Rideau Hall, ending months of speculation about when the campaign would begin. He calls the choice in this election “critical” and says it is important that Canadians think about the important issues.
“It’s an election about who will protect our economy in a period of ongoing global instability, and secure Canada’s future prosperity. And it is an election about who is best equipped to make the tough calls to keep our country safe.”
Harper will get the Conservative campaign underway at a rally later today in Montreal.
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair wasted no time responding to Harper.
“I’ve heard the calls for change grow louder, and it isn’t difficult to see why,” said Mulcair. “Wages are falling, incomes are stagnant, and house hold debt is skyrocketing.”
Mulcair is launching what the New Democrats are calling their “Campaign for Change.” He spoke out front of the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.
Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau is expected to hold an event in Vancouver today before taking part in the Pride parade.