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Ignatieff to visit Yellowknife next week

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff will be in Yellowknife early next week, making him the first federal party leader to have confirmed a stop north of 60 during the election campaign.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff will be in Yellowknife early next week, making him the first federal party leader to have confirmed a stop north of 60 during the election campaign.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff smiles as he arrives at the airport in St. John's, N.L., on April 4. He will be the first federal party leader to campaign in Canada's North when he stops in Yellowknife on Monday. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Ignatieff will visit the N.W.T. capital city on Monday to support Joe Handley, the Liberal Party's candidate in Western Arctic, local campaign officials told CBC News.

Handley is running against NDP incumbent Dennis Bevington in the northern riding, along with Conservative Sandy Lee, Eli Purchase of the Green Party, and Bonnie Dawson of the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada.

Ignatieff will be the star guest at a campaign barbecue taking place Monday between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. at Yellowknife city hall, according to officials.

There have been rumours on social-networking websites that Conservative Leader Stephen Harper would visit Yellowknife on Sunday, but a party official in Ottawa would not confirm or deny that.

The Conservative party official told CBC News that Harper's campaign stops are confirmed only one day in advance.

A staff person at Lee's campaign office said he has not heard of any plans for a visit by Harper.

Bevington's campaign office said NDP Leader Jack Layton has made no plans at this point to stop in Yellowknife.

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