The Dissolution of Parliament and the Calling of an Election

September 11, 2019

The Prime Minister met with the Governor General at Rideau Hall to recommend the dissolution of Parliament. The Governor General approved the dissolution of Parliament which leads into a general election.

The power to dissolve Parliament is a royal prerogative exercised by the governor general. The governor general retains certain constitutional discretion whether to accept the advice of the prime minister to dissolve Parliament.

General elections are to be held on the third Monday in October, in the fourth calendar year following the last general election (in accordance with the Canada Elections Act S.C. 2007, c. 10, s. 1), unless the governor general dissolves Parliament prior to that date.