Stephen Harper, this morning. “I think Canadians have been pretty clear — they want Parliament to focus on the economy. Going through more political games, more political instability, does not serve the country’s interests right now.”

Bob Rae, this afternoon. “An election is not a political game. An election is about fundamental choices. It’s about our values. It’s about our interests, where we think the country needs to go and there is a sense that this government is just not up to the job.”