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Justin Trudeau Just Called A Federal Election & This Is When You Can Go Vote

This federal election could allow Justin Trudeau's government to obtain a majority in Parliament.

You're going to be able to go to the polls in the next few weeks, because the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, called a 2021 federal election in Canada this August 15, after going to Rideau Hall to ask Governor General Mary Simon to dissolve parliament.

"A few moments ago, I spoke with her Excellency the Governor General and she accepted my request to dissolve parliament. Canadians will therefore go to the polls on September 20," Justin Trudeau announced at a press conference.

This federal election could allow Justin Trudeau's government to obtain a majority in Parliament.

Currently, there are 155 Liberal MPs sitting in the House of Commons, 119 from the Conservative Party of Canada, 32 from the Bloc Québécois, 24 from the NDP and two from the Green Party.

The absolute majority is 170 seats. If Trudeau's gamble does not work, the Liberals may well find themselves in the same situation as in the October 2019 federal election.

For the country's 44th general election, federal political leaders will have to campaign over the next 36 weeks.