BTC: Three days

Stephen Harper, Oct. 14. “Our election platform is not full of grandiose, costly promises. It’s a prudent approach. We can afford it. We’ll never go back into deficit. Stéphane Dion has a different approach. His risky carbon tax proposal would make energy more expensive, increasing prices for everything from groceries to gas. It’s never a good time to introduce a new tax like that, but it’s especially risky these days. It’s an experiment Canadians can’t risk. Dion also announced enormous spending promises that we can’t afford. He would put Canada into deficit again.”

Stephen Harper, Oct. 17. “I don’t think we’re in a position yet to know all the information in that regard. It would be premature to speculate on that.”

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