Trudeau rules out snap election, so vote will fall Oct. 21

Trudeau says he is happy to rule out the prospect of a snap ballot, meaning Canadians can expect to go to the polls Oct. 21.

General elections called when Governor General dissolves Parliament on the advice of prime minister

Trudeau said he is happy to rule out the prospect of a snap ballot, meaning Canadians can expect to go to the polls Oct. 21. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there will be no early election call.

In a roundtable interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau said he is happy to rule out the prospect of a snap ballot, meaning Canadians can expect to go to the polls Oct. 21.

The declaration should put an end to behind-the-scenes rumblings the governing Liberals have been mulling a spring election.

Since May 2007, federal election legislation dictates that a general ballot be held on the third Monday in October in the fourth year following the previous election.

However, it doesn't preclude an election being set for a different date.

General elections are called when the Governor General dissolves Parliament on the advice of the prime minister.

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