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Green leader May attacks prime minister's record on economy, environment

OTTAWA — Green party Leader Elizabeth May took direct aim at Stephen Harper's economic and environmental record early in Thursday's first federal campaign debate.

May squarely accused Harper of leading Canada into recession twice during his tenure.

She followed up by putting the prime minister on the defensive about his record on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Green party considered the debate, sponsored by Maclean's magazine, an important opportunity for May to capture the attention of voters.

The Greens have been hovering between three and seven per cent in recent polls of voter intention, but the challenge will be translating that support into seats in Canada's first-past-the-post system.

The Greens have signalled a willingness to work with other parties to help achieve their own policy goals.

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The Canadian Press

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