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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Canada's Trudeau to run again in 2019

Canadian prime minister addresses supporters with promises of reduced gap pay and help for indigenous people 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses supporters during his nomination meeting in Montreal on Sunday. AP 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses supporters during his nomination meeting in Montreal on Sunday. AP 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Sunday that he will run for re-election in 2019 legislative polls.

The Liberal Party leader was officially nominated by his party in central Montreal district Papineau, a centrist stronghold he has represented since 2008. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

He spoke of his "deep conviction that despite the politics of fear and division, staying positive, pulling people together, looking for ways to emphasise our common ground, our shared values among our differences, is the only way to build a stronger country, a stronger world".

Mr Trudeau also promised to reduce the gap between rich and poor, and to lift indigenous populations.

In mid-July, he reshuffled his government, setting the stage before the legislative elections due to take place on October 21 next year, amid tensions on global trade and the rise of populism.

The move appeared designed to give the Liberals a lift at a time when polls show their Conservative Party opponents are hard on their heels.

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