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10/08/2015 17:21 EDT | Updated 10/08/2016 01:12 EDT

A look at what was said on the federal election campaign trail on Thursday

OTTAWA — Some selected quotes from the election campaign Thursday:

"Political staff are never involved in approving refugee applications — such decisions are made by officials in the Department of Citizenship and Immigration." — Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.

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"Stephen Harper went into those negotiations two weeks away from a federal general election in an incredibly feeble position. Everyone around that table knew it, and they played him like a chump." — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.

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"Canadians ... deserve to know why Justin Trudeau is not standing up to fight for auto jobs and for our supply management system." — Mulcair.

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"Mr. Harper over the past 10 years has ... conflated the interests of the Conservative party of Canada with the actions and role of the government of Canada, which is supposed to serve all Canadians." — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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"One of the things that it underlies for me is that Canadians, regardless of who they vote for, which party they line up with, need to believe the Prime Minister's Office is there to serve them with integrity and with responsibility." — Trudeau.

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"We fully expect over the next few days we'll be able to release a form of the text." — International Trade Minister Ed Fast on details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

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"This is a multicultural society, country. We have to remain so. You cannot condemn one particular community and accept the other as it is." — Retired lieutenant-colonel Pritam Singh Jauhal, who championed the rights of turban-wearing Canadian Sikhs in the 1990s, says he disagrees with limiting the freedoms of Muslims who wear religious face coverings.

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"The image of Muslim women, and as a whole the Muslim community, has been damaged by this." — Zunera Ishaq, the women at the heart of the niqab controversy. 

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"I would strongly suggest that of course people should vote on their principles and their values. We should always, in every election, vote for the Canada we want." — Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

 

 

The Canadian Press