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What does Trudeau’s call for a federal election mean for Canadian immigration?

Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, has scheduled a federal election for September 20. For a long time, Canadians have been anticipating Trudeau to call an election. Trudeau’s Liberal Party has been polling well in recent months. And the Prime Minister has been making financial announcements around the nation. Though the government does not have to hold an election until 2023, surveys show that Liberal support is strong, and it may b a good time for Trudeau to strive for a majority government. 

Since losing their majority in 2019, the Liberals have been leading a minority administration. A minority government means that the ruling party does not have a majority of the 338 seats in the Canadian parliament and must collaborate with other parties to pass new legislation.

The following parties won the following number of seats in the 2019 election:

  • Liberals gained 157 seats
  • Conservatives gained 121 seats
  • Bloc Québécois secured 32 seats
  • New Democratic Party (NDP) won 24 seats
  • Green Party won 3 seats
  • An Independent candidate won 1 seat

The Liberals are on the left-hand side of the political spectrum, while the Conservatives are on the right-side. In recent months, Canada’s COVID-19 status has dramatically improved. Since peaking in April, the country has had the highest immunization rate among the G20 countries, and case numbers have decreased significantly. As a result, provinces across Canada have been able to reopen, resulting in greater job recovery. 

Due to the favorable pandemic prognosis, Canada has been able to see its coronavirus travel restrictions. Trudeau is hoping to capitalize on this momentum in order to form a new majority government. 

The majority of governments are more stable since they do not need the backing of the opposition to stay in office. The parties will now embark on a campaign tour to persuade Canadians to vote for them. In front of a nationally televised audience, they will also debate each other in English and French. On the night of the election, Canadians will learn the final results. 

According to public opinion surveys, the Liberals are presently leading the Conservatives. The Immigration Level Plans 2021-2023 will be pursued by IRCC, as well as holding Express Entry drawings and processing immigration applications. 

After the election, the new ruling party will need some time to put together its government. Ministers will then receive mandate letters describing the government’s policy goals from the Prime Minister. For the time being, the Canadian government is guided by Trudeau’s immigration mandate letters which are provided to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. 

The process of the new government establishing itself will likely take us into the winter holidays, so it won’t be until January before the new administration finds its footing and begins to stamp its mark on immigration policy. 

If the Liberals win again, we should anticipate more of the same immigration policies that they have been pursuing since 2015. The Conservatives also favor immigration, and when they were in office, they supervised increased immigration levels and the advent of Express Entry.

In the coming weeks, all of the major parties will release their formal election platforms, which should give us a better idea of what immigration policies they will follow if they were to win power.

Read about how Canada will soon be breaking its record to of fulfilling the immigration target of 2021 by clicking the link below:

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