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09/18/2015 16:39 EDT | Updated 09/18/2016 01:12 EDT

A selection of what was said Friday on the federal campaign trail

OTTAWA — Selected quotes from the election campaign on Friday:

"We operated on a very simple principle that if you do serious crime, you will do some serious time, and if you commit crimes against defenceless children you will go to prison." — Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.

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"If there's a risk that no matter how serious your crime is that you will get little or no punishment, then any kind of deterrence frankly vanishes from the system." — Harper pledges legislation to ensure that serious criminals sentenced to life do not get parole.

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"With a national plan, we can drive down the cost of prescription drugs for Canadians and we can save provinces as much as $3 billion annually." — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair promises to provide $2.6 billion over four years and work with provinces to bring in universal prescription drug coverage.

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"I've made clear my vision for better health care for all Canadians." — Mulcair.

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"Mr. Harper is yet again highlighting that he doesn't believe that a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian, that there are different categories of Canadian and that, quite frankly, is not just offensive, it's harmful to the country we are building." — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on Harper's "old-stock Canadians" phrase from the debate.

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"Mulcair is doing the same old political thing: promise a bunch of things you know you can't do. Then after you get elected, say things are much worse than you thought and you can't do what you promised." — Ralph Goodale, Liberal candidate and former federal finance minister, commenting on Mulcair's cost estimates for his platform.

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"Canadians rejected Stephen Harper's bogus corporate debate strategy." — Green party Leader Elizabeth May on the leaders' debate.

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"Debates are about Canadians. It's not about me, the Green party, or Harper's strategy." — May.

The Canadian Press