Cana­dian lead­ers de­bate econ­omy in the first three way elec­tion race in coun­try’s history

Asian Journal - - British Columbia - By Rob Gillies, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Toronto: Canada’s Con­ser­va­tive prime min­is­ter ac­knowl­edged Thurs­day that things aren’t great in the Cana­dian econ­omy, but in a de­bate ahead of next month’s elec­tion he asked Cana­di­ans where they would rather live. Polls and an­a­lysts say the Oct. 19 vote is the first three­way toss-up in Canada’s history. In a de­bate fo­cused on the econ­omy, Stephen Harper said Canada has fared bet­ter than other coun­tries amid global in­se­cu­rity. “I have come to work now for 7 years with noth­ing but eco­nomic crises around the world,’’ Harper said. Op­po­si­tion New Demo­crat leader Tom Mul­cair and Lib­eral leader Justin Trudeau at­tacked Harper for re­ly­ing too much on the oil in­dus­try to bol­ster the econ­omy. “Mr. Harper put all his eggs into one bas­ket and he dropped the bas­ket,’’ Mul­cair said. Trudeau, the 43-year-old son of late Prime Min­is­ter Pierre Trudeau, asked Cana­di­ans if they were bet­ter off than when Harper took power in 2006 and pas­sion­ately shouted down Harper and Mul­cair, whose New Demo­crat party could form a gov­ern­ment for the first time in the coun­try’s history. Mul­cair has moved his party to the cen­tre and vowed to bal­ance the bud­get. Trudeau said he’ll stim­u­late the econ­omy with deficit spend­ing on in­fra­struc­ture. “This is the time to in­vest in the fu­ture of our coun­try. Cana­di­ans know this. The only two peo­ple who don’t know this are the two gen­tle­men on this stage,’’ Trudeau said. Ac­cord­ing to the CTV/Globe and Mail/Nanos Nightly Track­ing Poll, the Lib­er­als are at 30.9 per cent while the New Democrats are at 30.4 per cent and the Con­ser­va­tives at 30.1 per cent. The mar­gin of er­ror for the sur­vey of 1,200 re­spon­dents is 2.8 per cent.

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