Canada heads to the polls

Liberal Party Prime Minister Justin Trudeau surely regrets calling an early general election in Canada: his party slipped in the polls soon afterward and the expected easy ride got hairy fast. At one point it even looked like Erin O'Toole's Conservatives would win outright, though the latest polls project that the makeup of parliament will remain very much as it was, perhaps with a few more seats for Jagmeet Singh's New Democratic Party. The most likely outcome appears to be Trudeau clinging on with a minority government: exactly the problem he had hoped to escape by calling the vote.