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Politics Trudeau calls on Canadians to vote for a majority Liberal government

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a funny face with a young child during a campaign stop at a restaurant,  Wednesday, October 14, 2015 in Welland, Ont.

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Justin Trudeau is now calling on Canadians to vote for a majority Liberal government on Oct. 19, as his party is enjoying a stable lead over the Conservatives in the polls.

The move marks a shift in the Liberal strategy in the dying days of the campaign, showcasing confidence that Canadians will not react negatively to the possibility of handing a stable, four-year term to Mr. Trudeau.

"It's obvious we want to form a strong government and deliver what is in our platform to Canadians," he told reporters after touring Mohawk College in Hamilton. "Am I asking Canadians to vote for us? Yes. Am I asking them to vote for us across the country? Yes. Am I asking them for a majority government? Yes."

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The latest Nanos/Globe and Mail/CTV tracking poll suggests that the Liberal Party has a nearly seven-point lead over the Conservative Party. The national numbers show the Liberals at 36.1 per cent support, followed by the Conservatives at 29.2 per cent and the NDP at 24.5 per cent.

The Nanos Research poll conducted for CTV and The Globe and Mail surveyed 1,200 Canadians from Oct. 10 to 13. It has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The Liberal Leader has sought to avoid appearing arrogant throughout the campaign, arguing he would not insult voters by telling them how to vote or to base their decision on public opinion polls.

Still, the Liberals are increasingly confident they can steal seats from both the Conservatives and the New Democrats, spending the final days of the campaign going to ridings where they think they can cause a surprise. The Liberal tour is making five stops in southern Ontario and the GTA on Wednesday, before heading to the Montreal area on Thursday.

Asked about the possibility that he would form a coalition with the NDP to defeat a Conservative minority, Mr. Trudeau said he preferred informal arrangements between parties instead of a negotiated deal.

"What Canadians don't want is politicians organizing backroom deals around who actually gets to wield power," he said.

He rejected the latest round of Conservative attacks that a Liberal government would mandate brothels in communities around the country.

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"[Conservative Leader Stephen Harper] never misses an opportunity to divide, to play up fear and division, and even to directly mislead Canadians," Mr. Trudeau said. "Canadians are tired of that, they want real change and that is why we are so focused on putting forward a positive plan."

He went on to ridicule Conservative events in which Mr. Harper looks at voters placing large piles of cash on a table to illustrate how much money they would lose under the Liberal plan.

"Mr. Harper can do as many game-show simulations as he likes, he cannot change the facts that the Liberal Party is the party offering to put more money in the pockets of everyday Canadians. His plan puts more money in the pockets of the wealthiest Canadians."

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