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Party leaders returning to campaign trail after debate

TORONTO — The political party leaders return to the campaign trail today after a scrappy debate Thursday night in Toronto.

The leaders will begin the day in and around the city, which is expected to be one of the election's biggest battleground.

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will hold a campaign event in Richmond Hill, just north of Toronto, before heading to Belleville in eastern Ontario.

Both Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Tom Mulcair have post-debate rallies planned early in the morning in Toronto.

Trudeau will then attend a rally in the city's Eglinton-Lawrence riding, held by Finance Minister Joe Oliver.

That riding featured an ugly nomination fight last month that saw former Tory MP Eve Adams fail in her bid to run under the Liberal banner.

After his initial campaign event, Mulcair will head to a riding east of the city that used to be bedrock New Democrat territory. Oshawa, once ruled by former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, is now held by the Tories.

Green party Leader Elizabeth May will start off in Toronto giving media interviews before heading north to Thunder Bay, Ont., to campaign with local candidates.

The Canadian Press

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