Nova Scotia

Harper to campaign in Sydney: Clarke

Conservative leader Stephen Harper is expected to return to Cape Breton for the second time in six months.

Conservative leader Stephen Harper is expected to return to Cape Breton for the second time in a little more than four months.

Cecil Clarke, the party's candidate in Sydney-Victoria, said Harper will campaign with him Thursday at the cruise ship pavillion on the Sydney waterfront.

Harper travelled to Sydney in December to announce federal funding to dredge the harbour, a major project that supporters say would make Cape Breton a world-class destination for cargo ships. It was his first visit to the island as prime minister.

Clarke resigned his seat in the Nova Scotia Legislature to run federally. He's hoping to unseat Mark Eyking, who has held the riding for the Liberals since 2000.

Harper was the first major party leader to visit Nova Scotia in this federal election campaign. He was in Halifax on March 31 for his first stop of a swing through Atlantic Canada.

NDP Leader Jack Layton stopped in Dartmouth on April 2 to campaign with Robert Chisholm, a former provincial NDP leader.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff was in Halifax a day later.

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