Will Mississauga and Brampton residents be voting in a September federal election?

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Published August 12, 2021 at 5:50 pm

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Mississauga and Brampton voters could be headed to the polls on September 20 as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears ready to call a federal election.

Reports out of Ottawa indicate that Trudeau will make the announcement this Sunday.

The snap election would come a full two years ahead of schedule, but many believe Trudeau feels he is in a good position to boost the number of Liberal seats in the House of Commons as he tries to get out from under the minority government he has been operating under since 2019.

Sources say the Prime Minister is frustrated with having to negotiate with opposition parties when trying to push through legislation. The only way to avoid that is to capture a majority of seats.

Currently, the Liberals hold 155 seats, with 170 needed to form a majority in the 338-seat House.

Polls indicate, however, there may not be a clear path to a majority government…but it could be close.

A recent Abacus poll has the Liberals in the lead at 35.7 per cent of popularity.

Other results show the Conservatives at 29.3 per cent, the NDP at 19.8 per cent, the Bloc at 6.8 per cent, and the Green Party at 4.8 per cent.

Public reaction and voter turnout could also be a factor as polls also indicate a general indifference to a federal election at this time, especially since the country is still in the midst of a pandemic.

Mississauga elects six members to Parliament while Brampton elects five.

(Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

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