Justin Trudeau's decisive victory in 2015 restored his family to the national political stage and allowed Canadian voters to reclaim their country's liberal identity after almost a decade under Harper.
In his opening remarks, Trudeau spoke about the Liberals' record since being elected in 2015, including the government's efforts to raise the middle class and secure a new NAFTA agreement "at a time of USA protectionism and unpredictability".
"We've done a lot this past four years, but the truth is we're just getting started".
The worst hit to Trudeau's progressive image came with the SNC-Lavalin inquiry, a corruption scandal in which Trudeau was accused of interfering in the criminal prosecution of a Quebec-based engineering firm.
Much of his attack arises from a report in the Globe and Mail that cabinet confidentiality is preventing people from speaking to the RCMP as the force considers a possible investigation into obstruction of justice.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived at Rideau Hall with his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau to meet with Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and formally start the campaign. "We respect the decision made by the clerk", said Trudeau, who moments earlier was greeted at Payette's front door by the new Privy Council clerk Ian Shugart.
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"Over the next five weeks I will be explaining the reasons why Justin Trudeau has lost that authority and our alternative plan", he said in French.
Elected in 2015, Justin Trudeau and his Liberals will be battling for a second term against main rivals Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh and his New Democrats, and the Greens' Elizabeth May.
Reporters also asked Trudeau and Scheer about Bill C-21 in Quebec, which bans religious headwear the public-service sector. "And at this time I feel it would be counterproductive for the federal government to engage in this process". He added that he would continue to monitor the situation closely.
Before jumping on his own campaign plane this morning, a fired-up Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the story showcases his belief that Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern. Trudeau was also responsible for the contentious expansion of a crude oil pipeline that would allow the country to diversify oil markets. The hashtag was trending on Twitter throughout the day.
Some critics, including Green Party leader Elizabeth May, said it was inappropriate for the government to launch the election campaign on Wednesday as it marked 18 years since 9/11, when terrorists flew two airplanes into the World Trade Center in NY, murdering almost 3,000 people.