Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, has scheduled a federal election on September 20.
For some time, Canadians have been waiting for Trudeau’s election to be called. Trudeau’s Liberal Party has been leading in polls over the past months. The prime minister has been making funding announcements and has been visiting Canada. Although the government doesn’t legally have to hold an election until 2023 the polls indicate that Liberal support is high, and Trudeau could use this opportunity to form a majority government.
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In 2019, the Liberals lost their majority and have been leading a minority government since then.
A minority government is when the governing party doesn’t have the majority of 338 seats in the Canadian Parliament. The party must also work with other parties to make new laws.
These are the results of the 2019 election:
Liberals won 157 of the 159 seats
Conservatives won 121 of the 123 seats
Bloc Quebecois won 32 of the seats
New Democratic Party (NDP), won 24 seats
Green Party won 3 seats
One seat was won by an Independent candidate
The Liberals are more likely to be found at the centre-left, while the Conservatives are closer to the center-right.
Canada’s COVID-19 situation is improving rapidly in recent months. Canada has the highest level of vaccination among the G20, and the number of cases has dropped quickly since April’s peak. This has resulted in stronger job recovery across Canada.
Canada has been able to relax its travel restrictions for coronavirus due to the promising pandemic outlook.
Trudeau hopes to capitalize on this momentum and form a new majority government. A majority allows the governing party to adopt any law they want without needing support from opposition parties. Majority governments are more stable because they don’t need opposition support to stay in power.
As they try to persuade Canadians to vote for their parties, the parties will head out on the campaign trail. The parties will debate each other in English and French before a national TV audience. The final results will be revealed to Canadians on the night of election.
According to public opinion polls, the Liberals currently lead the Conservatives.
It is clear that there will not be any major changes in Canada’s immigration policy between 2015 and 2019. The Liberals will be in power during the election campaign and shortly thereafter. Therefore, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and other federal departments will continue to implement their immigration policies. The Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 will be pursued by the IRCC. They will also hold Express Entry draws and process immigration applications.
The new governing party will then spend time creating its cabinet after the election. The Prime Minister will then send mandate letters to ministers outlining the government’s policy priorities. The immigration mandate letters Trudeau provided to Marco Mendicino, Immigration Minister, are the current guidelines for the Canadian government.
The process of the new government being established will take us into winter holidays. This means that it won’t be until January when the new government gets their feet under them and starts to implement their immigration policy.
We can expect similar policies to those that they have pursued since 2015 if the Liberals are elected again. Liberals can expect similar immigration policies to those they have pursued since 2015. The Conservatives are also strong supporters of immigration. They oversaw the creation of Express Entry and higher immigration levels when they were last in office.
In the coming weeks, all political parties will release their official election platforms. This should give us a better idea of the immigration policies they plan to pursue if elected.