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Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is brushing off Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to refer to him simply as "Justin," but political analysts say use of the familiar moniker is likely a strategic choice.

In a city long considered a Conservative fortress and a province newly enamoured with Premier Rachel Notley's NDP, Justin Trudeau found himself in enemy territory Monday, fighting a political battle on two fronts.

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In past elections, holiday weekends have been critical junctures in potential shifts in voter sentiment. For Canada’s 42nd federal election we hit three holidays – the long weekend in August, Labour Day and Thanksgiving.

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The economy is sagging, the loonie sinking, the Senate scandal reviving and Nanos polling shows growing support for regime change after 10 polarizing years of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Canadian voter, they’ve decided, needs more Stephen Harper.


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