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NDP Leader Jack Layton speaks at a rally in Esquimalt, B.C.Paul Chiasson

Stephen Harper heads to a Mississauga, Ont., convention centre Friday morning to release the Conservative Party election platform.

Afterwards, he heads to the Kitchener-Waterloo region for a rally with area candidates. The Conservatives won two Kitchener-area seats in the 2008 election by very slim margins and will be fighting to retain them.

NDP Leader Jack Layton is still in British Columbia on Friday - his third full day in the province, where his party is polling better than anywhere else in Canada.

Mr. Layton's first stop will be at the at the Fort Rod Hill National Historic site. The riding is Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, where Liberal Keith Martin's retirement has other parties thinking they could gain a seat.

In the afternoon, the NDP plane heads to Kamloops, where Mr. Layton will participate in a town hall meeting. The riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo is held by Conservative Cathy McLeod but the New Democrats mounted a strong second-place finish in 2008.

Michael Ignatieff, the Liberal leader, begins his day in Hamilton Friday at a cancer centre. He is to speak about his health care policies.

He's back in the GTA - his second visit in as many weeks - later in the day where he'll make a stop in his Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding. He finishes in John McCallum's Markham riding.

Gilles Duceppe will spend Friday in the Lac-St-Jean, supporting incumbent Robert Bouchard in Chicoutimi and trying to unseat Conservatives in Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean and Jonquière-Alma. The Bloc Québécois leader will make a speech, meet student groups and have a joint meeting with PQ MNAs from the region.