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    Canada Braces for Elections Amid Economic Woes

    Will his country slip into recession? Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called for an October 19 election yesterday, with plans to focus his campaign on economic management and national security. New figures indicate that Canada’s economy has contracted for five consecutive months, and Harper may find it impossible to balance the budget this year, despite his promises, owing to plunging oil prices. This means he and fellow conservatives face an even tougher-than-expected challenge from the center-left New Democratic party, whose leader, Tom Mulcair, is already ahead in the polls.

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