Canada has strict election law so there is no campaign outside of the 30 - 50 day window, but that window has officially been opened so get ready to kiss some babies!
There are six major parties running in this election, though only the Liberal and Conservative really matter.
According to CBC’s Canada Poll Tracker, an aggregation of all publicly available polling data, the Conservatives and Liberals are now deadlocked, after the Tories had enjoyed a lead stretching back to February and the start of the SNC-Lavalin affair.
The Liberals are at this moment projected to win the most seats — but whether any party can secure a majority after the 40-day campaign remains to be seen.
That makes the fight for third place especially interesting to watch.
The NDP, which is fighting against sinking polling figures and a diminished war chest, is trying to pitch itself as a viable alternative to the two front-runners and appeal to progressive voters embittered by the Liberals’ last four years in office.