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A selection of just what was said Thursday during the federal leaders' debate

TORONTO — A selection of quotes from Thursday's federal leaders' debate:

"The other parties are proposing literally tens of billions of dollars of additional spending, permanent spending, to be financed by permanently higher tax rates and permanent deficits." Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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"What we're seeing here tonight is that you're going to do everything you can to hang on to your job. I'm going to do everything I can to create jobs for average Canadians." NDP Leader Tom Mulcair to Harper.

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"I'm going to stop you from hiking taxes on those average workers." Harper to Mulcair.

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"Mr. Harper's plan simply isn't working, we know that. Incomes are flatlining and household debt is skyrocketing." Mulcair on the economy.

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"You have completely become disconnected from the reality that people are facing right across this country." Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to Harper.

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"His minimum-wage plan actually will only help less than one per cent of every Canadian who earns minimum wage, and that kind of false advertising is simply irresponsible." Trudeau on Mulcair's call for a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage.

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"Over 100,000 Canadians will get a raise. under Mr. Trudeau's plan, not a single Canadian will get a raise." Mulcair in response to Trudeau.

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"There is no public trust anymore. People don't trust this government to actually look out for our long-term interest." Trudeau on the environment.

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"We have a weak and shrinking economy and it's the wrong time for austerity measures." Green party Leader Elizabeth May.

The Canadian Press

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