TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Que. — Stephen Harper says he is not taking any votes for granted in the final days of the election campaign.
While his chief opponent, Justin Trudeau, is out asking voters to give his Liberal party a majority, Harper — burned in 2004 for making similar late-campaign remarks — isn’t following suit.
Instead, Harper wants voters to consider the next four years and whether they’d rather have a Liberal government that he says would take their money away, or a Conservative one that lets them keep it.
In 2011, after five years of minority government, Harper went on the offensive, pleading so often for a”strong, stable, national, Conservative majority government” that the crowds echoed the line along with him.
Four years later, the Conservatives seem mostly on the defensive in the waning days of the 2015 campaign as they seek to blunt Liberal momentum.
One exception may be in Quebec, where the Tories remain confident about picking up more seats than they got in 2011, which was only five.
The Canadian Press