OTTAWA — With the federal election campaign finish line in sight, the leaders of the Conservative and New Democratic parties will spend the day shoring up support in ridings they won in 2011.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will hold his first event of the day in southwestern Ontario in the Brantford-Brant riding, where the NDP may be nipping at the heels of the incumbent Tory, if NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s own two visits to that riding during the campaign are any indication.
In the evening, Harper will attend an event hosted by the Canada-India Friendship Group in Brampton, Ont., an area with both a large South Asian population and where the Conservatives won many longtime Liberal seats in the last election.
Mulcair, meanwhile, starts his day with a town hall in Dartmouth, N.S., where the New Democrats scored the previously Liberal riding in 2011.
He then moves on to another riding that turned orange in the last election, in the hopes of keeping it for the NDP. Mulcair is set to hold a photo-op on a farm in the Quebec riding of Repentigny, which the NDP snatched from the Bloc Quebecois in 2011.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, meanwhile, will spend the first part of his day targeting ridings the Liberals hope to take from the NDP, then during the second part of his day he heads to two ridings the Conservatives won in the last election.
He first heads to Mohawk College in the Hamilton Mountain riding, which the NDP won in 2011 but which currently has no incumbent. Trudeau then targets the Niagara Centre riding, another one the NDP won in the last election, with a photo-op at a restaurant.
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Trudeau will then switch gears with a visit to St. Catharines, Ont., a Conservative riding where the Liberals placed third in 2011.
The Liberal leader finishes his day with a rally in Ajax, Ont., in what may be one of the most closely watched ridings of this campaign. Former Liberal MP Mark Holland is looking to unseat Conservative Chris Alexander to win his way back to the House of Commons.
Green party Leader Elizabeth May will make three campaign stops in Vancouver followed by two more in the Victoria-area communities of Colwood and Langford.
Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe has eight stops on his schedule today, including three in Repentigny, Que.