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Man charges towards Stephen Harper during speech in Surrey

The incident came minutes after another protester was removed at the Conservative event.

Members of the RCMP protect Conservative leader Stephen Harper as he is rushed by a protester during a campaign event in Surrey, B.C. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Members of the RCMP protect Conservative leader Stephen Harper as he is rushed by a protester during a campaign event in Surrey, B.C. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.

SURREY, B.C. _ A man ran towards Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a rally in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday evening and was grabbed by RCMP officers before being taken away.

The incident came minutes after another protester at the Conservative event attended by many members of the South Asian community stood up with a sign reading ``Climate Justice'' before being taken away.

A third person who stood up to shout was also taken out of the hall where about 300 people were attending the speech by Harper.

Members of the RCMP grab a protester during a campaign event by Conservative leader Stephen Harper in Surrey, B.C. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Members of the RCMP grab a protester during a campaign event by Conservative leader Stephen Harper in Surrey, B.C. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.

Harper was in the midst of a speech he has given multiple times this week, suggesting opposition parties would pose risks to the economy with deficits and overspending if elected.

The man ran towards Harper just as he was saying the Liberals and NDP would harm the economy.

``They (the Liberals and the NDP) would significantly raise those risks friends,'' he said, as the man bolted across the open circle at the centre of the gathering.

``A lot more than that,'' Harper added calmly as the man was taken away and detained.

When another protester interrupted, Harper said, ``let me finish,'' and seconds later the woman was ejected.

``Friends you know they're worried when they don't come to their rallies and they come to ours instead,'' Harper said as the woman was led out.

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