The 2021 Snap Election
Mikela D’Souza, Grade 10
On August 15, 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for an arguably unnecessary, early federal election, also known as a “snap election,” to take place on September 20, 2021.
Although Trudeau announced that his motivation for this early election was to reconvene with Canadians regarding their thoughts and opinions in the midst of the aftermath of COVID-19, many have since recognized Trudeau’s true intentions. Many speculate that his objectives included regaining a parliamentary majority as opposed to his minority government, where he was forced to rely on the support of opposing parties to finalize legislative decisions, which would ultimately only benefit him and his Liberal Party.
Consequently, countless Canadians voiced their complaints against the early election and expressed the ways in which Trudeau’s decision was inconsiderate and formulated with negligence. Not only was the purpose of the call for an early election solely for Trudeau’s benefit and that of his legislature, but many Canadians also expressed that the handling of the new Delta variant, along with a new wave of COVID-19 cases, and the repercussions of the pandemic have made it inconvenient to summon an election at this time, as several resources, organizational efforts and millions of dollars must be put toward it.
Additionally, the other electoral candidates conveyed their skeptical perspectives on the snap election, with none of the major parties agreeing with Trudeau’s decision. Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party, stated that he finds it “selfish” of Trudeau to call for an election during a pandemic. The Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole, agreed with Jagmeet, suggesting that this election would be a waste of time and money.
Likewise, when the 2021 election took place, Trudeau received ample backlash, as the results of the election reinforced everyone’s concerns and judgments. The outcome did not change anything for both Trudeau and the country. Justin Trudeau attempted to capitalize off the way his government managed the pandemic, as over 70% of eligible Canadians are now fully vaccinated, placing Canada among the most successful countries in recovering from the effects of COVID-19. However, his strategy backfired since Trudeau has yet to obtain a majority government, deeming all of the funds and effort put into this early election redundant, as predicted by exasperated Canadians across the country.