17 Aug 2021

Justin Trudeau calls snap election

From Morning Report, 8:50 am on 17 August 2021

Canadians will go to the polls next month two years ahead of schedule.

The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called a snap summer general election as the country enters into a fourth Covid-19 wave.

Latest polls indicate his minority Liberal government looks within reach of forming a majority.

Opposition parties are crying foul accusing Justin Trudeau of calling a five-week long campaign during the pandemic's latest wave simply for "political gain".

Canada correspondent Laura McQuillan spoke to Philippa Tolley.