Liberal campaign covers big miles, but questions linger over reason for snap election call

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau spent the first week of this late-summer election campaign hitting the battleground ridings he needs to get the majority he seeks. The path to a Liberal majority runs largely through the suburbs of Canada’s largest cities. And the opening moves of the campaign tour foreshadowed the Liberal’s election endgame. But what was missing was a compelling reason for why Trudeau chose to seek a third mandate in the middle of a fourth wave. Throughout the week, Trudeau highlighted a vaccine mandate he announced before his Parliament-dissolving visit to Rideau Hall. He again pitched the $10-a day care deals his government had already secured with a majority of provinces — while suggesting that Ontario was on the cusp of an agreement. He promised to extend economic support for the tourism and cultural sectors, more money to battle wildfires, and billions to improve long-term care.

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