After stumping in Victoria on the West Coast Monday, Stephen Harper continues his eastward trek Tuesday, stopping in Regina's Palliser riding. The Conservatives hold all but one of 13 ridings in Saskatchewan and that is Regina-Wascana, a riding Liberal Ralph Goodale has won repeatedly since 1993. Mr. Goodale won Wascana last time by more than 4,300 votes so it won't be easy to unseat him.
Later on Tuesday, Mr. Harper flies to Winnipeg and rallies with city candidates at an event in the riding of Winnipeg Centre, currently held by the NDP's Pat Martin. The Tories hold only three of Winnipeg's eight ridings.
Mr. Harper will no doubt take flak over comments by St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover Monday. The Tory said fellow Winnipeg MP Anita Neville, a Liberal, has "passed her expiry date." Ms. Glover denies she was attacking the 68-year-old Liberal based on her age.
Following the rally Mr. Harper flies to Toronto to overnight there.
Michael Ignatieff makes his first major policy announcement of the campaign Tuesday. He's in Oakville at Sheridan College, where he will outline a substantial investment to post-secondary students. Oakville is a riding the liberals are hoping to win back from the Tories. After that he's heading west to the British Columbia battleground - he'll be in Vancouver and Richmond.
NDP Leader Jack Layton will wake up in Hamilton, Ont. but the campaign bus will quickly head to nearby Brantford where he'll make a policy announcement. The Brant riding is currently held by a Conservative, but the Liberals have run strong there and would like to win it back. Obviously Mr. Layton thinks his party is also a contender this time around because he has been to the riding a couple times in recent memory.
The NDP campaign then heads to Kitchener, another Southern Ontario city where the Conservatives now hold seats that, until the elections of 2006 or 2008, were occupied by Liberals. Mr. Layton will be a guest on a Kitchener radio show and then will meet with the owner of Webco Sports, a local business.
After spending much of his time touring safe ridings around Montreal, Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe will help one of his more contested incumbent MPs. Thierry St-Cyr, the Bloc MP in Jeanne-Le Ber, has held the riding since he defeated former Liberal cabinet minister Liza Frulla in 2006. But it's always a close race in the riding, which includes several poorer francophone and anglophone Montreal neighbourhoods such as Saint-Henri, Pointe-Saint-Charles and Verdun. Mr. Duceppe will spend Tuesday afternoon shooting the party's TV ads before heading to the launch of his own local candidacy in the evening.
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