Prime Minister Stephen Harper Says Election Is About Leadership

OTTAWA, ON – Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today the start of the 42nd federal election campaign, following his meeting with the Governor General at Rideau Hall. Canadians will go to the polls on October 19, 2015.

“This is an election about leadership on the big issues that affect all Canadians: the economy and our country’s security,” said the Prime Minister. “Given the serious economic and security issues facing the world, it is appropriate that Canadians should have time to consider the alternatives before them.”

“A national election is not a popularity contest,” Prime Minister Harper said. “It’s a genuine choice between practical, serious, real-world experience and a dangerous approach that has failed before and is failing in other countries.”

While the global economy remains uncertain and unstable, Canada has continued to perform well compared to other G7 countries. “Our well-being depends on the economy and the wrong leader will do real harm,” Prime Minister Harper said. “Now is not the time for the kinds of harmful economic schemes that are doing so much damage elsewhere in the world. Now is the time to stay on track and stick to our plan.”

On national security, the Prime Minister noted that Justin lacks the experience and maturity to deal with the increasing threats posed by jihadi terrorists at home and abroad. He also criticized Thomas Mulcair’s ideological foreign policy which opposes Canada’s mission against ISIS and Canada’s efforts to assist Ukraine against Russian aggression.

“Now is not the time for political correctness, inexperienced governance or an ideological unwillingness to act,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Now is the time to face those who threaten us with moral clarity, strength and resolve.”

Prime Minister Harper asked Canadians for a renewed mandate to continue to deliver sound economic management and to take the difficult decisions necessary to protect our country’s security.

“On October 19, Canadians will make a critical decision about the direction of our country. That decision will have real consequences,” he said. “Canadians will be asked to judge who has the proven experience today to keep our economy strong and our country safe.”

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