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PM Justin Trudeau calls Canadian general election

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called a federal election for 21 October.

Opinion polls are indicating it will be a tough race for Mr Trudeau, who is seeking a second term in office.

The campaign is expected to focus on issues of affordability, the economy and climate issues.

The prime minister visited the Governor General, Canada’s acting head of state, on Wednesday morning to formally launch the campaign.

Mr Trudeau touted his accomplishments in an announcement, saying: “Canadians get to vote once again for the country they want to live in”.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire, arrive at Rideau Hall

Canada has a federal fixed election date and Canadians must head to the polls every four years. This campaign will be a relatively short 40 days, or just over five weeks.

Over the summer, the rival parties have been honing their message, focusing on the economy and cost-of-living.

Climate change is also an important issue to voters, according to opinion polls.

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