WATCH ABOVE: Conservative Leader Stephen Harper spoke at a rally in Edmonton Wednesday. Provincial affairs reporter Tom Vernon was there and has the details.
EDMONTON — Conservative Leader Stephen Harper made a stop in Edmonton Wednesday to speak to party supporters at a local rally.
Harper spoke about what he believes are his party’s strengths: security and the economy.
With the majority of his speech focused on the economy, Harper aimed his attacks on the Liberals and NDP.
Harper reminded supporters that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau once said the budget will balance itself. He also made reference to a comment Trudeau made in Regina earlier Wednesday.
Trudeau said his party will grow the economy not from the “top down,” but from the “heart outwards.”
“What does that mean? I tell you what it means, it means Justin Trudeau is just not ready,” Harper said Wednesday afternoon.
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When talking about the NDP, Harper said tax increases are in the party’s DNA. He also drew in Alberta’s NDP government with his attack, speaking about its economic record in the province.
“More and more people, like the company we’re in, we’re here at right now, more and more worried about what this gamble with an NDP government is going to mean. But friends, the bottom line is this: we cannot afford to take this kind of NDP gamble with our entire country and we will not,” said Harper.
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While Edmonton has long been a Conservative stronghold, the Liberals and NDP believe they have a good chance in the October election.
Wednesday was Harper’s first appearance in Edmonton since May 2014.
Harper was in Vancouver earlier Wednesday, where he announced plans to spend half a million dollars next year to figure out just how many foreign investors own condos and homes across Canada, many of them sitting empty year-round.
With files from The Canadian Press.
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