August 19, 2013 8:32 am

Harper begins tour of Canada’s North with attack on the opposition

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Watch the extended video above: Harper delivers biting speech directed at opposition

WHITEHORSE – Stephen Harper has kicked off his tour of Canada’s North with an attack on both Opposition parties.

In a highly partisan speech in Whitehorse, the prime minister portrayed his Conservatives as champions of the Arctic, while accusing the NDP and Liberals of vacuous thinking.

He claimed last night that the Opposition had “tax and spend proposals so extreme they would make the worst European budget look solid in comparison.”

The military, usually a main plank in galvanizing Conservatives, merited only passing reference

His speech was meant to shore up Conservative voters shaken by the Senate expense scandal.

The controversy has cost the Conservatives three senators, launched multiple police investigations and shows no sign of abating anytime soon.

Harper warned of economic calamity should the Conservatives be defeated in 2015.

The PM will hop-scotch across the North through the week, ending in northern Quebec.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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