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Sep 11, 2019 | 17:20 GMT

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Canada: Trudeau Calls General Election for Oct. 21

What Happened: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has dissolved Parliament and called a new election for Oct. 21, Reuters reported Sept. 11.

Why It Matters: Recent polling suggested a close race between the ruling Liberals and the opposition Conservatives in the leadup to the Oct. 21 polls. If the Tories manage to secure a parliamentary majority, the new Canadian government could seek to repair recently frayed ties with Saudi Arabia and possibly join the United States in confronting China more forcefully. However, the election could result in an unstable minority government that may not survive its full term.

Background: Canada is going to the polls after a report from Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion in August found that Trudeau violated ethics laws and conflict-of-interest rules in the ongoing SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal.

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