Molière vs Shakespeare, Pt. 2. This time it's literal

At a Saturday rally, Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois ended her speech supporting Gilles Duceppe with the expression "Merde, Gilles!"

Which translates literally to "S--t, Gilles!"

It's well known that Duceppe and Marois are not particular fans of one and other.

Nonetheless, this was not a meant as an insult.

More... after the jump...

PQ leader comes home to bring home votes

Strategic thinking in Guelph

In what's shaping up to be a tight four-way race, many people in Guelph are thinking strategically.

Chris Fischer is one of them.

"Under the circumstances it makes more sense. I know it's strategic voting, it's not something, in a perfect world you wouldn't want to make up your mind that way but I don't see any alternative here."

More after the jump...

Final days: time to pick sides

Heading into the final weekend of the campaign, the final endorsements have begun.

Who's throwing their weight behind which parties? We'll keep updating this summary as new signs of support show up in the final two days.

Hit the jump for the list so far...

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Question of the Day

Power and Politics: The War Room (April 29, 2011)

Today...on Power and Politics: The War Room: is the future of the Bloc Quebecois in jeopardy?

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Ignatieff's 'most important resource'


(Paul Chiasson, The Canadian Press)

For the third time in three days, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has talked about what he calls Canada's most important natural resource: brains.

I didn't think much about it when Ignatieff busted out the new line earlier this week at a high school in Sault Ste. Marie. Responding to a question from a student at St. Mary's College, Ignatieff made his pitch for the Liberal Learning Passport and pointed at the young woman, saying she possessed Canada's richest natural resources between her ears.

Ignatieff did the same thing yesterday at a rally in Quebec City that was well-attended by CEGEP students. The line went over very well with the crowd. However, as all those cameras zoomed in on the young woman, she turned red. Ignatieff quickly apologized for making her the centre of attention.

After today, I would bet we've seen the last of Ignatieff spotlighting the brains of women in the audience.

The Third Rail: Your Daily Campaign Lookahead (Day 35)

We'll never know for sure, but it's probably a good bet that high on the list of things that once-and-possibly-future Finance Minister Jim Flaherty never expected to find himself doing in the waning days of an election that his party's official line still insists nobody wanted was a midday media availability to alert Canadians to the importance of stopping "an NDP-led coalition," but ... well, here we are, aren't we? 

And there, it seems, will be the aforementioned Flaherty later today: at a gas station in Whitby, warning voters of the gas price hike horrors that will inevitably ensue should the NDP -- who, you'll note, are identified by party name, not leader, as was the case with the "Ignatieff-led" coalition that the Conservatives spent the first half of the campaign savaging, possibly because describing it as "Layton-led" would have quite the wrong effect -- prevail on Monday, and almost certainly wishing that he had Oily the Splot with him for backup. 

Who could have predicted the eleventh hour return of the Permanent Tax on Everything? Then again, who could have predicted any of this? 

Hit the jump for the rest! 

Campaign 2011 Ticker - Friday, April 29, 2011 (Day 35)

Hit the jump to follow the Inside Politics team on the campaign trail and off the beaten electoral path.