PM Justin Trudeau calls Canadian general election for 21 October

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire, arrive at Rideau Hall

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called a federal election for 21 October.

Opinion polls are indicating it will be a tough race for Mr Trudeau, who is seeking a second term in office.

The campaign is expected to focus on issues of affordability, the economy and climate issues.

The prime minister visited the Governor General, Canada’s acting head of state, on Wednesday morning to formally launch the campaign.

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