OTTAWA - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was set to call a parliamentary election for Oct 19 on Sunday, kicking off a marathon 11-week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power.
Harper's office said in a statement he is due to visit Governor General David Johnston - the representative of Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state - at 9:55 am (1355 GMT).
Harper is expected to seek the dissolution of Parliament, triggering the start of the campaign.
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