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09/21/2015 16:52 EDT | Updated 09/21/2016 01:12 EDT

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

OTTAWA — Selected quotes from the election campaign on Monday:

"They're obviously an unfortunate reflection on the actions of that individual." — Conservative Leader Stephen Harper comments on the election-fraud convictions of Dean Del Mastro, his former parliamentary secretary.

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"Our aerospace industry has received literally hundreds of millions of dollars of contracts...with literally billions of dollars of possibility down the road." — Harper comments on a Liberal plan to abandon purchase of F-35 jets.

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"I will ensure our government honours the sacrifices of our veterans and provides the services and benefits they've earned." — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

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"Ask our veterans and they will tell you about nine years of disrespect they've seen from Stephen Harper." — Mulcair.

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"The prime minister has some real explaining to do as to why he still thinks the F-35 is the only plane suitable for Canada." — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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"We always said we would run modest deficits. And we also said if the situation becomes radically worse, we would revise those numbers." — Trudeau.

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"She should be in the Munk debate because we know, of all the different international issues facing Canada and the world, climate change is possibly, certainly one of the very top ones when we look at the future that we're building for our kids and our grandkids." — Trudeau says Green Leader Elizabeth May should take part in next week's debate.

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"It is emblematic of the challenges women face in Canadian society: that a debate on women's issues has been cancelled because of men who choose not to debate. Women's issues must be discussed in an election campaign." — Green Leader Elizabeth May.

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"Over the last few days, I have used some intemperate language that I regret." Pat Martin, NDP candidate in Winnipeg and an MP since 1997, apologizes for recent comments.

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"Nobody's saying that we just uncritically fling the doors open, at least not to my knowledge, (but) I wonder if his articulation of this as a 'top priority' might prove to be a way of giving the Conservative government a bit of room to manoeuvre once the election campaign has come and gone." — Ryan Dueck, pastor of a Mennonite church in Lethbridge, Alta.,  musing on the government's change of heart on the Syrian refugee crisis.

 

The Canadian Press