“This is an election about leadership on the big issues that affect us all–the economy and our nation’s security.”
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.
Harper made the announcement outside Rideau Hall, ending months of speculation about when the campaign would begin.
Harper 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. 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 in Vancouver .
A few hours after Prime Minister Stephen Harper and N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair gave campaign speeches, Trudeau told a cheering crowd in Vancouver that the Liberals would give middle class Canadians a real and fair chance to succeed.
“A family with two kids making 90,000 a year will get 2500 dollars more tax free. Low income families will see 315-thousand kids lifted out of poverty. 9 out of 10 Canadians will be better off in hard dollars and sense under our plan.”
Trudeau says he chose not to be in Vancouver instead of Ottawa during the campaign launch because he made a promise to be in the city for Pride celebrations.