Trudeau to launch Canada’s election season; onetime sensation faces challenging race

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will fire the starting gun on Canada’s federal election Wednesday, hoping to win a second term in the face of an ethics scandal that has turned what was once expected to be a cakewalk for the telegenic Liberal leader into a tougher-than-expected slog.

Trudeau, 47, plans to ask Governor General Julie Payette, Queen Elizabeth’s representative in Canada, to dissolve the country’s Parliament on Wednesday morning, according to Liberal Party sources. That’s the step that launches the formal campaign.

The election is scheduled for Oct. 21. Candidates have spent the summer stumping informally but will now have to follow different rules around campaign spending and advertising.

After sailing through much of Trudeau’s first term, the Liberals have fallen back this year into a close race with Andrew Scheer’s opposition Conservative Party and face an uphill

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