Justin Trudeau kicking off official campaign at rally in key Vancouver riding

Sep 11 2019, 9:29 am

Just hours after asking the Governor General to dissolve parliament to call an October election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be hopping on a plane headed to British Columbia.

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This evening, the PM will officially kick off his BC election campaigning at a rally in a key battleground riding in Vancouver, alongside Liberal Party nominee Tamara Taggart.

Taggart, a longtime advocate and former news anchor, is running in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway. The central Vancouver riding has been held by the NDP’s Don Davies for the past 11 years.

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Justin Trudeau appears at a 2019 rally alongside Liberal Party candidate Tamara Taggart (Tamara Taggart)

On Parliament Hill, Trudeau told reporters that the trip to Vancouver felt like a perfect fit for the trajectory of his political journey so far.

In 2015, he launched his election campaign by attending the Vancouver Pride Parade.

He also referred to BC as his “second home.”

“We demonstrated campaigns happen out there across Canada.” he said. “Launching the campaign in my second home of British Columbia felt right both in 2015, and it feels right, right now in 2019.”

The Team Trudeau 2019 Campaign Rally gets underway at 6 pm at the Italian Cultural Centre.

Both Trudeau and Taggart are expected to speak to volunteers and supporters.

Election day is October 21.