Aug 31, 2015

By Jane Brown

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper begins campaigning for the Conservatives today in Ottawa, after taking yesterday off from the federal election trail. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is taking a second day off from campaigning.

The NDP’s Tom Mulcair was the only major party leader on the campaign trail yesterday, but he was on the defensive over criticisms made by the other two parties.

The Conservatives claim that in the first year of an NDP government, there would be a shortfall of at least $8-billion between Mulcair’s promises of new spending and his pledge to balance the budget.

The Liberals estimate that over a four-year term, the NDP shortfall would be $28-billion.

But Mulcair is sticking by the NDP’s numbers, saying that with recent polls showing his New Democrats in the lead, the Conservatives and Liberals are getting desperate. He also lashed out at Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, who’ve received support from a former Liberal prime minister.

“Remember Paul Martin? Mr. Austerity” Mulcair questioned rhetorically, “he seems to have come back into the Liberal fold.  Well, we’ll remind him that they stopped all spending on social housing, that they cut 24 percent of transfers, that’s the Liberal record.  We won’t do that to future generations.”

Mulcair starts today in Saskatoon and then moves on to British Columbia for an evening rally in Penticton.

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