BACKGROUND: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially called the next federal election Wednesday morning.
By law, voting day is set for Oct. 21, but the prime minister has a two-week window starting Sept. 1 in which to begin the formal campaign.
At the dissolution of Parliament, the Liberals hold 177 seats, the Conservatives 95, the NDP 39, the Bloc 10 and the Greens 2.
Trudeau faces competition from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, along with eight independents — including former Liberal cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould.
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. Five seats are vacant.
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