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Upon announcing the election this week, Mr Trudeau said: "We've done a lot together these past four years, but the truth is, we're just getting started".

Trudea has asked Governor General Julie Payette, Queen Elizabeth II's representative in Canada, to dissolve the country's Parliament on Wednesday - the step that launches the formal campaign.

Speaking to the media this morning, Andrew Scheer accused the Prime Minister of losing the "moral authority" to govern, after a Tuesday-night report in The Globe and Mail suggested Trudeau was attempting to obstruct justice in the RCMP's investigation of the SNC-Lavalin case. Reporters had evidently been expecting a longer response.

Eventually, someone said, "En français?" which is what TV and radio journalists in the Parliamentary Press Gallery say when they need a French version of an English comment.

Justin Trudeau isn't coming, choosing instead to spend the second day of the campaign in B.C. and Alberta, the latter hostile territory for the Liberal leader when it comes to the subject of oilsands development.

The Liberals say that permission slip was plenty.

Trudeau's quick response Wednesday, as he prepared to kick off his re-election campaign later in the day, showed that those hoping he would eventually provide a more thorough reflection on the pros and cons of cabinet confidences will likely be disappointed. On the Quebec religious symbols law, Trudeau said he was deeply opposed to it but that it would be "counterproductive for the federal government to engage in this process".

Last month, a top watchdog ruled the prime minister and his team had indeed breached ethics rules. Trudeau spent the majority of his speech following his meeting with the Governor General outlining where he saw his government's progress after four years.

With the October federal election now only 39 short days away, it remains to be seen how much of an effect all of this will have on Canadian's votes.

He began with a short tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, as a nod to the campaign's kickoff on the anniversary date.

He was elected as leader of Canada's Conservative Party in 2017 and the party generally supports a strong federal system of government.

In fact, it seemed that it wasn't just Liberal supporters that had the Prime Minister's back on Twitter, but several Conservative voters too. "People who think Trudeau is corrupt clearly are not paying attention to Doug Ford and Ontario".

Trudeau says this is a chance for Canadians to have a say on the future of the country, "We get to make an important choice about the future of our country".

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