OTTAWA – Two of the three main party leaders will be in Atlantic Canada today.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will virtually cross swords with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau – both will be in the same Newfoundland riding.

Mulcair attends an afternoon rally in the hotly contested riding of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, which has flipped from Conservative to Liberal to New Democratic Party control through the last three federal elections.

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Not to be outdone by the Liberal leader’s pre-debate canoeing photo-op last week, Mulcair will hit the water to go jigging for cod before attending a rally in St. John’s.

Trudeau has events in Halifax before attending an evening rally in Mount Pearl, N.L.

The Liberals took St. John’s South-Mount Pearl from the Conservatives in 2008 but then lost it to the NDP in 2011.

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, meanwhile, campaigns in southwestern Ontario.

The two ridings Harper will visit – Windsor-Tecumseh and Windsor West – are ones the Conservatives have never held since they were created.

Both ridings have been held by the NDP for more than a decade and Harper targets them today after being hammered by Mulcair for weeks over manufacturing job losses.

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Mulcair has often said that during Harper’s tenure as prime minister, Canada has lost 400,000 manufacturing jobs. In Windsor the unemployment rate in August was nine per cent, compared to the seven-per-cent national average.

Harper’s first stop is a photo-op at a company that makes injection molds, including for the auto industry.

He is then scheduled to make remarks at Anchor Danly, which bills itself as the largest North American manufacturer of large-engineered die sets used by automotive and automotive parts industries.

Green Leader Elizabeth May will greet voters at a ferry terminal and a fair in Salt Spring Island, B.C.

Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe holds a news conference followed by a speech in Sorel-Tracy, Que., and then has photo-ops in Saint-Eustache and Montreal.

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