October 18, 2015 7:02 am
Updated: October 18, 2015 4:17 pm

The home stretch: last day for campaigning in the 42nd federal election

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OTTAWA – It’s the final day of the federal election campaign and the major party leaders are hitting the major battlegrounds.

Justin Trudeau starts his day with rallies in Calgary and Edmonton — Conservative strongholds where the Liberals are hoping to steal some seats.

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He ends the day with a pair of rallies in the Vancouver-area where recent surveys suggest the Liberals have been gaining ground in some lower mainland ridings.

Stephen Harper begins his Sunday on the stump in Newmarket, Ontario — part of the so called 905 belt around Toronto that was so crucial to the Conservative leader’s victory in the 2011 election.

Harper was in suburban Toronto last night for a rally organized by the city’s controversial former mayor, Rob Ford and his brother Doug.


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After campaigning in BC yesterday, Tom Mulcair has events in Toronto today where the New Democrats are seen in a dogfight with the Liberals in some inner city ridings. The NDP leader heads to Montreal this evening for his final rally of the long campaign.

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Green Party leader Elizabeth May will campaign today in the Victoria-area, while Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe closes out his campaign with events in Trois-Rivieres, Sherbrooke, Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu and Montreal.

Elections Canada is preparing for a possible higher turnout for tomorrow’s election.

It has authorized returning officers to bring in extra staff or start counting advance poll ballots before polls close tomorrow night to ensure timely results.

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