Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had good reason for calling a $610-million snap election on Aug. 15. That is, the most expensive federal election in Canada’s history because of pandemic precautions and mail-in ballots — $100 million more than the cost of the last election in 2019. By his reasoning, Trudeau had an excellent motivation for calling the election 22 months after the last one. He thought it was his best shot to recapture the majority government he lost in 2019, by bribing Canadians with their own money. Barnstorming across Canada before he called the vote for Sept. 20, Trudeau was a veritable money machine, spewing out taxpayer cash in every direction, like a Las Vegas one-armed bandit gone berserk. The Globe and Mail tallied up the total price tag of all the pre-election goodies Trudeau and the Liberals announced through news conferences and press releases and came up with the staggering figure of more than $40 billion. What was supposed to be a cakewalk to victory for Trudeau pre-election, now appears to be a pitched battle in which Conservative leader Erin O’Toole and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh have become serious contenders.