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And so it ends

Thirty-seven days later, Stephen Harper's 2008 campaign wrapped up in soggy but chi-chi West Vancouver tonight with a quick rally at a local campaign office.

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Paul Hunter

Earlier, a small crowd (est. 50) met him upon arrival at a private hangar at the Vancouver airport.

So why bother flying all the way from the Maritimes — where he'd begun his day — just for that?

Two things:


  • He was going to Calgary anyway.

  • While in Vancouver he also he did a sit-down interview with a local TV station. Viewership: in the hundreds of thousands.

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All in a day's work

Campaigns can take a lot out of you.

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Susan Lunn

You live out of a suitcase for five weeks. You have impossible deadlines. Equipment breaks. Computers fail.

But there are tremendous upsides. The greatest is seeing the country, the vast nature of it, from coast to coast to coast.

It's not every day I get to wake up and see the Atlantic Ocean and end my day looking at the Pacific.

Now if I could just get some sleep.

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VJ Layton

Jack Layton hit MuchMusic today to appeal to the youth vote.

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Rosemary Barton

There were lots of questions about serious topics from the environment to job losses to Afghanistan.

But the most hard-hitting:

"Do you like Britney Spears?"

"Not so much," said Layton.

But he was still asked to throw to the premiere of her new video.

The name of the song: Womanizer.

And yes, Layton laughed.

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A taste of Thanksgiving

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Rosemary Barton

Today, reporters on Jack Layton's tour got fed turkey sandwiches.

A little taste of Thanksgiving during this election campaign.

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Putting it behind him

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Tim Duboyce

Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe is refusing to apologize for an outburst yesterday in which he called a Conservative candidate an "imbecile."

It happened when Luc Harvey, who is running for re-election in a Quebec City riding, showed up at a farmers' market where Duceppe was campaigning. Harvey began heckling Duceppe and saying the Bloc had accomplished nothing during the party's 18 years in Parliament.

Duceppe eventually asked his entourage to "get rid" of Harvey, calling the Conservative an "imbecile."

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Two down, one to go

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Paul Hunter

Prince Edward Island? Check. Fredericton? Check. Vancouver? Coming up soon.

Stephen Harper's second rally of the final day of campaigning saw about 150 people crowd into a private hangar at the Fredericton Airport just before lunchtime.

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Everyone's ready to take off

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Alison Crawford

The Conservatives are on our heels!

Just as the Liberal plane was getting ready to take off from Fredericton, what do we see from our tiny oval Air Inuit windows?

A giant Air Canada jet with the word Conservateur on the side.

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Looking for a comeback

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Rosemary Barton

First event of the last day of Jack Layton's campaign (insert reporter "Yeeha!" here).

First stop: Oshawa. A place we have already hit on this campaign once before and a riding of great significance for the NDP.

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P. E. high

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Paul Hunter

Stephen Harper's long last day is underway.

He began his final leg of campaign '08 this morning with a crowded, very noisy rally outside Charlottetown.

Conservatives hope to pick up at least one of P.E.I.'s four seats on Tuesday and have eyes on two others. They've been shut out on the Island since 1988.

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An Island welcome

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Susan Lunn

People are very friendly on Prince Edward Island.

So friendly some students left a message for reporters using a classroom to file.

On a board, someone wrote: "Dear Canadian media. Hope you enjoy your stay on P.E.I "

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