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Trudeau Eyes Summer Election to Strengthen His Grip on Power

  • Covid plan lifts Liberal prospects for winning back majority
  • Victory would make PM one of Canada’s most successful leaders
Justin Trudeau, shown in Brussels this month, has a double-digit lead in opinion polls heading into the summer.
Justin Trudeau, shown in Brussels this month, has a double-digit lead in opinion polls heading into the summer.Photographer: Thierry Monasse/Bloomberg

Canada’s parliament broke for summer this week, with conditions ripe for Justin Trudeau to trigger an election in a bid to win back complete command of the legislature.

Polls suggest the incumbent Liberals have seen a boost in popularity due to their response to the coronavirus pandemic that could parlay into a majority government. Vaccination rates are climbing fast, allowing for looser public health restrictions, and the economy is rebounding. Speculation is that an election could be called as early as August, with a vote in September or October.