- In the middle of the night, candidates seem to have scrambled to put up their campaign posters in Montreal.
- At least one candidate has accused an opposing party of violating elections rules by campaigning too early.
The official campaign season has begun. Today, prime minister Justin Trudeau is asking Governor General Julie Payette to dissolve parliament, kicking off a month-long period of debates, stunts, and speeches before the federal election on October 21.
In Montreal, candidates from several parties wasted no time in launching their campaigns. Overnight, party staff scrambled to plaster the city in those familiar posters.
Suddenly candidates' polished faces line commercial thoroughfares and greet pedestrians at busy intersections.
Liberal and Bloc québécois candidates, in particular, seem to have rushed to claim the most coveted poster spots.
Simon Marchand, Bloc candidate for Hochelaga, took to Twitter at 1:37 a.m. to share his excitement about the campaign launch and proudly display his poster outside Joliette metro station.
In NDG, posters for Liberal incumbent MP Marc Garneau now decorate the area outside Villa-Maria station and the dense avenue Monkland.
A video posted to Twitter by CTV correspondant Cosmo Santamaria show candidates' staff rushing to install their posters, hopping out of vans and splitting up to claim lamp poles.
And they're off! Campaign posters up in Montreal as the country prepares for elections scheduled to take place on O… https://t.co/a5dmUWebwd— Cosmo Santamaria (@Cosmo Santamaria) 1568191909.0
C'est parti! Surveillez l'apparition des superbes pancartes du @blocquebecois dans #Hochelaga! 💙💙💙 . Pluie, pas plu… https://t.co/4g74x5cJzs— Simon Marchand (@Simon Marchand) 1568180234.0
Not everyone is amused, however. NDP candidate for the Laurier-Sainte-Marie riding, Nimâ Machouf, accused the Liberals of breaking campaign rules.
In response to the sudden appearance of posters for Liberal candidate Steven Guilbault at around 12:30 a.m., Machouf took to Twitter to ask Guilbault to "take responsibility for contravening elections rules." She tagged Elections Canada, the agency responsible for enforcing these rules, in the post.
Prenez vous responsabilité @s_guilbeault d’avoir contrevenu aux règles électorales ? @ElectionsCan_F https://t.co/8xYjmpTVWy— Nimâ Machouf (@Nimâ Machouf) 1568207585.0
Have you seen election posters pop up in your neighbourhood?
Stay tuned for more election 2019 news!