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A collection of Layton's best quotes during the federal election English-language leaders' debate on April 12, 2011.

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"I remember a Stephen Harper once upon a time... You’ve become what you used to oppose," Mr. Layton said to Mr. Harper, adding the Prime Minister used advocate cleaning up government and caring for the environment. “Mr. Harper, what happened to you? What changed?”

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To Michael Ignatieff: “Most Canadians, if they don't show up for work, they don't get a promotion. ... You missed 70 per cent of the votes.”

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Layton showed his youthful side with colourful language on crime prevention: “That’s been a hashtag fail." And on the temptations stemming from a life of crime: "With the bling and everything that comes with it."

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