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The party leaders: Where they went and what they said on Monday, March 28
Stephen Harper made a bid for the middle class vote with a $2.5-billion tax break pledge aimed at parents of children under 18. The Conservative Leader unveiled his “Family Tax Cut” pledge in the Victoria-area riding of Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca Monday morning. The measure would allow parents to split, or share, up to $50,000 of their household income for tax purposes. But there's a huge catch to this: It wouldn't take effect until the deficit is eliminated – a date that could be four years in the future.
(Adrian Wyld/Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Michael Ignatieff spent Monday in Toronto’s Chinatown and in multicultural Mississauga – but he says he’s not campaigning for the ethnic vote. The Liberal Leader, rather, suggested it is insulting what Stephen Harper and his immigration minister, Jason Kenney, are doing in their efforts to target the large ethnic vote, especially in the 905 region. “I don’t think it treats people with respect; these are Canadians. I’m going to everybody out there and saying a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian ... come into the Big Red Tent.”
(MARK BLINCH/Mark Blinch/Reuters)
After Saskatchewan shut out the NDP in 2008, Jack Layton spent Monday trying to woo the province back. “In this election, I am asking everyone in Saskatchewan, no matter who you voted for in the past, to unite with the New Democrats, to rally together this time, so we can defeat Stephen Harper once and for all.” Mr. Layton highlighted the Conservative scandals, problems with Senate appointments and Saskatchewan families’ concerns about flood relief from Ottawa.
(Andrew Vaughan/Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)
Gilles Duceppe unveiled his campaign theme for the Bloc Québécois on Monday. “Parlons Quebec,” or “Let’s talk Quebec,” urges voters to talk about Quebec’s culture, nationhood, interests and values. But the campaign literature does not talk about Quebec sovereignty. He bristled when this was pointed out, saying, “Do other parties announce in their advertising that they’re federalist? People know who we are.”
(Paul Chiasson/Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)