But his gamble turned against him when Tory leader Erin O’Toole proved to be a campaigner and succeeded in framing the election as a selfish takeover by the ruling Liberals.
Mr Trudeau regained a slight lead in the home stretch of the 36-day campaign by contrasting his willingness to introduce Covid-19 vaccine warrants against conservative opposition.
Mr O’Toole, 48, was also hurt by his early praise for Alberta’s handling of the pandemic, with the Tory-led province now crippled by a fourth wave of Covid-19.
A senior Liberal strategist has privately admitted that Mr. Trudeau, who has been in power for six years, is preparing for a close race.
“There’s no world it’s not tight,” the quarterback said. “Is a majority possible? Yes. Is this the most likely scenario? No. “
Mr. Trudeau was due to spend election night at the Farimont Hotel in downtown Montreal to watch the results, knowing his decision to call for a vote may have cost him his post as prime minister.
He smiled at the cameras as he arrived hand in hand with his children at a polling station in his riding of Papineau, Que., To vote.
He looked hoarse as he told supporters “a new day is dawning in this country” as he wraps up a frenzied final day on Sunday, starting in Montreal and ending over 2,800 miles in Burnaby, Colombia. -British, around midnight.