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Canada to go to the polls in October

Mr Harper faces the toughest fight of his political career after almost a decade in power, as an oil shock hurts the economy and voters grow increasingly weary of his government.


PRIME Minister Stephen Harper will fire the starting gun early on Canada's election campaign amid polls showing that his Conservative government's nine-year reign is threatened by a leftist party that's never held power nationally.

Mr Harper, 56, was to meet Governor General

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