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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.

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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.

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