Six candidates presented their vision at the Liberal Leadership Showcase on Saturday, none of them quite ready to fade into the night. The top contenders to upset Trudeau may be Joyce Murray and Martha Hall Findlay.
Let’s take a look at Murray and Hall Findlay, so we are not entirely unprepared, should one of them be named Liberal leader next weekend.
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Joyce Murray kept the attention on the inclusivity in her Saturday speech, calling for teamwork to defeat the Conservative government. She also underlined the need for democratic reform to ensure Canada’s voice is heard in Ottawa.
“I am running for the Liberal Leader to fix our democracy,” she said. “To offer a solution to the toxic divisive politics in Ottawa. The tired old games that make us lose trust in our elected representatives and our government.”
Joyce Murray is a seasoned politician who has represented the British Columbia riding of Vancouver Quadra since 2008. Before that she sat as a provincial MLA. She was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1961, when she was seven years old.
Murray made hay during the leadership campaign by suggesting the Liberals should work in co-operation with the NDP and Greens to block another Conservative government.
She said again on Saturday that the opposition parties should work together to obtain a minority with the express intent on bringing in electoral reform.
“We can win the election in 2015. We can change our democracy to one we trust,” she said.
Murray recently told the Toronto Star that she believes she had more registered voters than any other candidate, including Trudeau.
Yahoo! Canada News columnist Andy Radia opined that she could actually win, but needs a few things to go her way, including an "Anyone But Justin" movement in a second ballot.
Martha Hall Findlay continued to take jabs at Harper during her speech on Saturday, teasing the presumptive frontrunner for being more shine than substance.
“Yes you have choices. You could conceivably vote for me because of my new hairstyle or you can vote for me for my killer dress,” she said to laughter.
Veiled or not, her message was clear. She considers herself the leadership alternative to Trudeau. Even an underdog. But one that would bring depth and value to the party in the next election.
“I ask you to vote for me because of my ideas and because of what I know we can do together,” she said. “You know where I stand on many issues. I have never shied away from giving straight substantive answers to any policy questions. You know that a vote for me is vote for my clear vision.”
Hall Findlay, the MP for Ontario's Willowdale riding between 2008 and 2011, is running in her second leadership contest and has stood out by going on the offensive, especially against Trudeau.
She attacked Trudeau for his lack of policy discussion on the campaign trail. Meantime, she has trumpeted the need for economic responsibility and environmental sustainability.
“We want to win in 2015. It won't be easy. There are no silver bullets. Let's face it Stephen Harper hasn't won three elections because he's such a charming guy. And it sure ain't because of his charisma. He focused on the economy.”
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Hall Findlay also believes the Liberal Party should avoid the "co-operation arrangement" Murray has supported, saying it would just replace Harper with NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.
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