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Election Day: Oct. 2, 2003   

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In addition to their regular duties, CBC reporters will be filing online dispatches as the campaign unfolds. Click below for their observations on covering the candidates.

When the polls bite
Mike Wise
(Scenes from Tory Campaign 2003:
The Musical
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 by Mike Wise, Canada Now
 Sept. 30, 2003

As the Conservative campaign winds down in its final few days, and the premier does his last-minute crisscross of the province to shore up votes in some key ridings, a number of us on the bus are reflecting on how we will remember the experience.

For me, it's the music.

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Liberals eat up "kitten" coverage
 by Julie Ireton, CBC Radio - Sept. 29, 2003

Julie IretonThe Liberal bus continues on a frantic pace, trying to get to as many Tory strongholds as possible across the province in the last week of the campaign.

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The Morning After
 by Julie Ireton, Peter Armstrong and Mike Wise - Sept. 24, 2003

Ernie Eves

Which party's leader and campaign team was in the best mood the morning after the big debate? Our reporters take a reading from the leaders' buses.

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The quiet Beatle on tour
 by Peter Armstrong, CBC Radio - Sept. 17, 2003

Peter Armstrong

Howard Hampton looks more like a football player than a politician, especially when he's looming over your seat on the plane handing you a can of beer.

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McGuinty's appeal to our 'better angels'
 by John McGrath, CBC Radio - Sept. 12, 2003

John McGrath

There are times on the Liberal bus when it seems more like a crusade than a political campaign. I don't mean this to be critical or dismissive. The people behind Dalton McGuinty are well organized, and nimble. And the candidate himself is a far better performer than he was even just a few months ago.

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Riding the dinghy behind the Liberal yacht
 by Simon Gardner, Canada Now - Sept. 9, 2003

Simon Gardner

I usually slug around a camera myself, but on this assignment it was decided I would get a special treat, my own cameraman, Neil Carroll. Unfortunately, there was no seat booked for him on the Liberal bus.

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Get on the bus. It's hectic, but the food's good.
 by Julie Ireton, CBC Radio - Sept. 4, 2003

Julie IretonIt was a flying start to the campaign.

The call came at noon. I was in Ottawa, and the first Liberal stop was at 6:45 p.m., in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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What future lurks in the chanting crowd?
 by Mike Wise, Canada Now - Sept. 2, 2003

Mike WiseIt caught us by surprise.

Most reporters in the Queen's Park press gallery were expecting Eves would drop the writ Sept. 3, or even the next week.

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Before the Call:
The Quivering at Queen's Park
 by John McGrath - May 26, 2003

John McGrathWhat's it like working at Queen's Park with everyone on tenterhooks about the possibility of a spring election?

Well, it isn't pretty.
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