Canada's party leaders rally support as election approaches

15:06, April 24, 2011      

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Canadian Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper (R) shakes hands with a supporter at a rally during a campaign stop in Mississauga, Canada, April 23, 2011. Harper was on a campaign trip for the 41st federal election set on May 2. (Xinhua/Jason Ransom)

by Mark Bourrie, Zhang Dacheng

Leaders of various parties in Canada started to rally support Saturday as the country's federal elections are approaching.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper urged his supporters Saturday not to be complacent although polls showed that his Conservative Party was far ahead of the opposition Liberals and New Democrats.

He said his party needs to win a majority of parliamentary seats or face defeat by a coalition of opposition parties.

"We've said all along this election can go any way," Harper said Saturday morning in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, where the Conservatives hope to win parliamentary seats at the expense of the Liberals.

"The choice is a minority parliament which will have some combination of Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois. If that is the case, they will in all likelihood form a government, take our government off the track of recovery towards higher taxes and back to the era of constitutional and national unity wrangling," Harper said.

"We are asking for a strong, stable government to keep Canada on track. We're coming out of this recession stronger and faster than most. That's what we need to keep doing," he said. "We need to put an end to minority parliaments and elect a strong Conservative majority government."

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