June 22, 2014 10:00 am
Updated: June 22, 2014 10:09 am

MPs head home to prep for 2015 election campaign

ABOVE: Mark Kennedy breaks down where federal party leaders stand with voters as they head in to summer break.

OTTAWA – As the House of Commons rises for the summer, MPs are heading back to their ridings to start the summer barbecue circuit. This summer will be the pre-campaign stage as the federal parties ramp up to the 2015 election.

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Mark Kennedy, parliamentary bureau chief for the Ottawa Citizen, spoke to Tom Clark on The West Block about what the parties need to do to advance in the polls.

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Kennedy said Prime Minister Stephen Harper may have the biggest challenge ahead by asking for a fourth mandate, which “is never done in this country.”

However, Kennedy cautions the campaign trail is full of surprises and it’s far too soon to call a favourite.

“We all have to stand back and realize if any of us rule out any of those three leaders, we all make a mistake.  We minimize their possibilities at our peril.”

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