Today marks the first day of the federal election campaign when parties officially begin pitching their leaders, platforms, and candidates to Canadians across the country.
Further down the lineup, watch for whether Maxime Bernier can punch above the weight of dismal polling numbers to make his upstart People's Party of Canada an actual political force, and whether the Bloc Quebecois can recapture the attention of Quebecers after the party almost dissolved in a civil war.
National polls indicate they are in a dead heat, with both on just over 30% support.
Throughout the campaign, both Trudeau and Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer are expected to spend a significant amount of time in the battleground ridings of the seat-rich Greater Toronto Area, where the path to victory will lie. We have been breaking fundraising records.More news: China removes several US products from tariffs list
Climate change and affordability are predicted to be key campaign issues.
The Conservatives have already unveiled a handful of policies in that spirit, including a pledge to remove federal tax from home-heating bills and cut the amount of tax paid by people on parental leave.
The charismatic Liberal prime minister who won a surprise landslide in 2015 on the promise of "sunny ways" for all Canadians will be battling to hold on to his parliamentary majority against untested adversaries across the political spectrum. "Conservative candidates in 2019 include Indigenous Canadians, LGBTQ+ Canadians, Muslims, Sikhs, Jewish Canadians, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and new Canadians including those who immigrated in the 2000s", according to the Conservative Party's website.
Speaking to supporters in London Ont., NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said he was disappointed that the government had blocked the RCMP investigation.More news: Priyanka Chopra Warned By Police
At the dissolution of Parliament, the Liberals hold 177 seats, the Conservatives 95, the NDP 39, the Bloc 10 and the Greens 2.
Mr Scheer, 40, formerly the youngest-ever speaker in Canada's House of Commons, took the helm of the right-leaning party in 2017.
"We will see adamant opposition to it from the NDP and Greens, adamant support from the Conservatives, and rather a more delicate game by Prime Minister Trudeau", Johnston says.
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"They are running against Ford and they are running against former Prime Minister Harper", he added, referring to Trudeau and the Liberal party. The People's Party of Canada has one seat and former New Democrat Erin Weir sits as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation.