Although the official election call has yet to come, the federal Liberal and Conservative candidates in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound launched into full campaign mode yesterday.
All eyes were on downtown Owen Sound where the Liberal candidate, Michael Den Tandt, had a high profile endorser on hand, the prime minister.
The Liberal leader landed at the Wiarton Keppel International Airport and was greeted by members of Georgians Bluffs municipal government before heading into Owen Sound.
This was the first time the airport had the chance to welcome a prime minister since it opened.
Justin Trudeau made a stop at Mudtown Station along the city's waterfront where a roundtable discussion was held with small business owners about rural broadband connections.
Then the prime minister headed to the liberal party office for a speaking event. He was met there by a crowd of hundreds, both supporters and protestors.
Among the sea of red shirts were a few folks protesting current abortion laws, taking the pro life standpoint.
Some of the day's protestors even yelled curse words and called Trudeau a traitor.
While at the Liberal office he gave a brief speech reassuring local party members that Canadians face a "clear choice" this election.
The prime minister called out conservative leader Andrew Scheer by saying he still thinks a party has to choose between economy and environment, saying "you can't have a plan for the future of our economy if you don't also have a real plan for the protection of our environment for the future.”
On Owen Sound's east side however, the Conservative party candidate Alex Ruff opened his campaign office in the Heritage Place Mall where a steady stream of supporters and curious voters flowed through.
Both Ruff and Den Tandt are optimistic about the upcoming campaign.
Both acknowledge that this could be an election decided by the undecided.
Den Tandt has a hard work seeds results strategy saying "people will choose based upon who engages the most, works the hardest and has a positive vision for our country and our community."
He went on to say that his work in print media prepared him for his role in politics.
"The job of a newspaper editor is to hear concerns and try to address them," Den Tandt says "that's not so different then what I get to do now."
Ruff says he also believes in hard work but believes that past experience will be key as well.
"People will have to look at the resumes of all the people running and I think my 25 years of service for this country will speak for itself." Ruff states "I don't know anything besides service to this country and I want to keep serving."
Owen Sound will have the opportunity for a new face as MP this election as current MP Larry Miller retires this October.
Current MPP Bill Walker and Conservative candidate Alex Ruff at the opening of Ruff's campaign office at Heritage Place Mall.