The federal election campaign is set to officially begin Wednesday morning once Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asks Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament.

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The 2019 Canadian federal election campaign begins today. Voters across Canada will head to the polls on Oct. 21.

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With that starts a 40-day campaign that will see Trudeau make the pitch to Canadians that he should be given a second term.

Haunting Trudeau on the trail will be the SNC-Lavalin scandal, given fresh life this morning after the Globe and Mail reported the RCMP’s investigation into potential obstruction of justice in the matter has been stymied by the shroud of cabinet confidences.

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.

Scheer says he’ll spend the next five weeks explaining to Canadians why that is, and why his party should be given the chance to govern.

Scheer will spend Day 1 of the campaign in Quebec and Ontario, while after his visit to Rideau Hall, Trudeau will head to Vancouver.

With files from The Canadian Press