Conservative Leader Stephen Harper appeared to channel Barack Obama in defending his party’s approach to the north.
"We will be present with eyes in the sky, ships in the northern passage and with boots on the tundra," said Harper.
"There’s a whole history of people saying that Canada can’t be done: that the French could never establish settlements here; that we could never split off from the Americans during the American Revolution; we could never defend ourselves in the War of 1812, in a modern economy we can’t preserve the east-west bond.
"But Canadians have always been able to say, 'Yes, we can'."
Harper went on: "We can build a country. We are building country, and, you know, that’s what we are going to do."
"In terms of the Liberal party, you know, their campaign seems to be about what they can’t do. They couldn’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions, couldn’t get that done. They can’t rebuild our military. Now he can’t keep the budget in surplus, and now he can’t even do his own carbon tax. So you know our campaign is about what we can do in this country."
- Tonda MacCharles