A look at what candidates could be a key factor in 2019.
Stephen Harper, Conservatives.
The prime minister has a long history of governing on the backs of the opposition, with many of his policies being used to deflect blame for a number of the country’s ills.
Harper has been a constant opponent of new and progressive ideas, often on the right.
His Conservatives have never won an election.
In 2017, the party had a disastrous general election that saw them lose nearly all of Alberta and the West Coast of Canada.
Harper, who has been accused of having a soft side, has never fully accepted the Conservatives are no longer the party of the middle class.
Justin Trudeau, Liberals.
Trudeau, who is seen as a rising star in Canada’s political establishment, is expected to take on Harper’s Conservatives in 2019 as the leader of the party that has been in power for the past six years.
The Liberals have been criticized for spending a disproportionate amount of resources on health care and other social programs, and have also been accused by the NDP of using the budget crisis to distract the public from its austerity policies.
The party has also been criticized by the public for being too much of a fiscal liberal, and Trudeau’s popularity is expected continue to decline in the next few years.
Lisa Raitt, Conservatives; Kellie Leitch, Bloc Quebecois; and Rob Ford, Toronto Mayor.
The three top candidates are all expected to win their respective parties in 2019, and their party will be the third largest in Canada.
The Conservatives have not won a national election since 2005, and the Bloc Québécois and Ford are both expected to run for the leadership.
Joe Oliver, Liberals; Michael Chong, New Democrats.
The Conservative Party is expected be one of the major parties in the 2019 federal election, with Oliver as the Conservative leader.
The New Democrats have been in a relatively poor position in recent years, losing nearly all seats in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec.
Oliver, who was born in Calgary and raised in New York City, is the first New Democrat elected to the top job in Canada in 50 years.
Erin O’Toole, Blob Quebecois.
O’Malley is one of two potential candidates for the Liberals, the other being the outspoken, socially conservative former cabinet minister Peter Penashue.
Andrea Horwath, Conservatives, with the NDP.
The former premier of Ontario, Horwatha, is a strong progressive leader and is expected by many to run in 2019 for the Liberal Party leadership.
She will be an outspoken critic of the Harper Conservatives and the NDP for their policies on climate change and health care.
Guy Caron, Liberals with the Blucas.
The Blucais have been seen as the front-runner for 2019, but there is some speculation they will not win the federal election in 2019 due to the Conservatives’ strong showing in the recent provincial election.
The Liberal Party has been criticized repeatedly for the way it has spent the past three years, including spending $1 billion on the federal party’s first major election advertising campaign.
Rick Dykstra, Conservatives with the New Democrats; and Peter MacKay, Prime Minister.
The trio of politicians have a lot of baggage to deal with, and they are expected to be the three leading candidates for 2019.
Dykstone has had a rocky relationship with the federal Conservative government, and is not a popular figure among voters.
MacKay is a former federal Conservative cabinet minister and is seen by many Liberals as a leader of “a small party.”
Tom Mulcair, NDP; Elizabeth May, Conservatives (with the Liberals).
The NDP’s hopes of winning back power in 2019 appear to be fading, but they have a chance to re-enter the federal political scene in the form of the Liberal candidate in 2020.
Mulcair has not run for office since 2006, and he has not held elected office since 1983.
May is a progressive politician and former member of the Ontario legislature.
Jagmeet Singh, Blucaus; and Brad Trost, Liberals (with New Democrats).
The three parties have a strong history of working together and the Liberals will likely have the largest presence at the 2019 provincial election, where they are set to compete against the Blücks and the New Dems.
Rob Anders, Conservatives in 2020; Peter MacGregor, NDP in 2020 (with Liberals in 2020).
Anders, the son of former NDP leader Bob Anders, will be running for the Bluelens seat in 2019 after a failed bid for the party’s leadership in 2015.
MacGregors political career has been overshadowed by allegations of sexual harassment and an incident in which he kissed a woman.
He is expected back in 2019 in a bid to unseat a popular Bluelen MP. 12.
David McGuinty, Conservatives for president; and John Horgan, Liberals for president.
McGuintys first term as premier has been marked by