December 16, 2018 6:35 pm
Updated: December 16, 2018 11:36 pm

Trudeau rules out early election, 2019 federal vote to go ahead on Oct. 21

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there will be no early election call.

In a roundtable interview with the Canadian Press, Trudeau says he is happy to rule out the prospect of a snap ballot, meaning Canadians can expect to go to the polls Oct. 21.

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The declaration should put an end to behind-the-scenes rumblings the governing Liberals have been mulling a spring election.

Since May 2007, federal election legislation dictates that a general ballot be held on the third Monday in October in the fourth year following the previous election.

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However, it doesn’t preclude an election being set for a different date.

General elections are called when the Governor General dissolves Parliament on the advice of the prime minister.

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