With election call imminent, Canada's Trudeau visits storm-hit region

With election call imminent, Canada's Trudeau visits storm-hit region

FILE PHOTO: Two RCMP officers visit Peggy's Cove Lighthouse during the arrival of Hurricane Do
FILE PHOTO: Two RCMP officers walk towards the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse to warn individuals of the dangers during the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada. (REUTERS/John Morrison)

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a break from election planning on Tuesday (Sep 10) to visit the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia, where 100,000 people are still without power after Storm Dorian hit on Saturday.

Trudeau, who has been absent from the public eye in recent days, must by law officially launch the campaign for the Oct 21 election by this Sunday at the latest.

Dorian, classified as a strong post-tropical storm, came ashore after causing devastation in the Bahamas and knocked out the electricity supply to almost 400,000 of the province's one million inhabitants.

"I was obviously following (this) very closely ... I am here today to thank the first responders and all the people who have been working very very hard," Trudeau told reporters in televised remarks ahead of a briefing in Halifax.

Polls show Trudeau's Liberals are only just ahead of the official opposition Conservatives and could lose their majority in the House of Commons, leaving him in a weakened position.

The Liberals won all 32 of the Parliamentary seats in the four Atlantic provinces in the 2015 federal election that brought Trudeau to power but party insiders predict they will lose between eight and 10 of these next month.

Source: Reuters/de

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