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09/02/2015 17:23 EDT | Updated 09/02/2016 01:12 EDT

A selection of just what was said Wednesday on the federal campaign trail

OTTAWA — Selected quotes from the election campaign Wednesday:

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"We have plans to do more, but I would say repeatedly that as we are doing more, we can't lose sight of the fact that refugee resettlement alone cannot in any part of the world solve this problem as long as we have organizations like ISIS, the so-called Islamic State, creating literally millions of refugees and threatening to slaughter people all over the world." Conservative Leader Stephen Harper on the European migrant crisis.

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"I do not believe you would run a deficit on purpose, if the economy is actually showing growth. Our economy will grow this year and that is why we will keep the budget in balance." Harper on economic prospects.

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"We think that it's time that we moved away from the past practice of previous governments: of downloading a massive environmental, social and economic debt on the backs of future generations. It's just a different approach." NDP Leader Tom Mulcair rejects deficit financing.

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"Whether it's taking part in recreational sports activities for healthy living or representing our country on the world stage as part of Team Canada, I believe our youth should have equal opportunity to play sports." Mulcair touts a $28-million promise to promote youth sports and encourage sports participation by under-represented groups.

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"Canada has always been country that has been open and welcoming and aware of our responsibilities on the world stage to ensure that everyone around this world has a chance. And that's what the Liberal party is committed to doing." Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on the migrant crisis.

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"Confident, optimistic countries are always willing to invest in their own future rather than believe that cutting is somehow the path to growth and success." Trudeau on his plan to run deficits for a couple of years to invest in infrastructure.

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"We are clearly targeting resources where we see the best opportunity to elect Green MPs." Green party Leader Elizabeth May explains party's election strategy.

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"If they could build the Energy East pipeline to transport beer, we'd be okay." May commenting on the cross-border beer-sales controversy.

The Canadian Press