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New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton favors higher taxes and more social spending. "We can change the government. We're not just going to oppose [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper, we're going to replace him," Mr. Layton said.

New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton favors higher taxes and more social spending. "We can change the government. We're not just going to oppose [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper, we're going to replace him," Mr. Layton said.

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.