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Bloc Qu�b�cois Leader Gilles Duceppe tours a steel mill in Saint-Joseph-de-Sorel, Que. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
Bloc Qu�b�cois Leader Gilles Duceppe tours a steel mill in Saint-Joseph-de-Sorel, Que. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)


Where the leaders are on Day 7 Add to ...

Stephen Harper begins Day 7 of the campaign in Moncton, where the Tories are hoping to wrest Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe away from the Liberals. Their chances likely dimmed after former New Brunswick premier Bernard Lord decided against running for the Tories here. Mr. Harper is holding a campaign event in Moncton with candidate Robert Goguen and other provincial candidates at 10 a.m. AT.

Later, the Conservative Leader flies to Charlottetown for a 5 p.m. AT rally with Prince Edward Island candidates, including Tim Ogilvie in Malpeque. Following the event Mr. Harper heads home to Ottawa to overnight there.

Gilles Duceppe will spend Friday in one of the most watched political cities in Canada. The Quebec City region has swung wildly among the Liberals, the Bloc Québécois and the Conservatives in the past 11 years. And it may be in play again.

While many point to the Conservative refusal to fund an arena as the main reason the city might swing from the Tories and back to the Bloc, the region is actually quite split on the arena issue, polls have shown. The precarious status of the Davie shipyard - Canada's oldest, and once again in bankruptcy protection - may be a sleeper issue. But Quebec City swings to its own political rhythm.

NDP Leader Jack Layton takes his campaign plane to the nickel town of Sudbury, Ont., where New Democrat incumbent Glenn Thibeault is in a tight three-way race. Mr. Layton will make an announcement at Laurentian University in the morning and will hold a town hall in the afternoon.

His plane departs for Dartmouth in Nova Scotia on Friday night.

Michael Ignatieff, the Liberal leader, is in southwestern Ontario Friday - after spending several days out west. He is participating in a roundtable discussion in London; he'll help open candidate Karen Redman's campaign office in Kitchener; she is a former MP, who lost to the Harper Conservatives. He is also in Waterloo for another roundtable. And then he's back in the evening in Ottawa - in anticipation of his platform launch Sunday.

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