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Trudeau triggers Canada's election for Oct. 21 as polls show tight race

Trudeau opens the 2017 Invictus Games. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has officially declared the date for Canada's general election: October 21.

Why it matters: The election will effectively be a referendum on Trudeau's first term. That's not necessarily good news for the telegenic PM — an ethics scandal and unfulfilled expectations mean it's far from certain he'll win a new term. Polls show his Liberals neck and neck with the opposition Conservatives.

Go deeper: Trudeau under a cloud heading into election.