While I see some positives in Justin Trudeau, I will be voting for Joyce Murray. Trudeau has taken the "safe" route for frontrunners in avoiding releasing very much policy and some of what he has said seems to put him on track to be something other than what Canada needs. Murray believes in a vision of a sustainable society, including real action on Climate change, the overriding and growing crisis of our era.
Further she has taken a bold and courageous stand in supporting cooperation with the Greens and NDP rather than continuing to play the zero-sum game which allows the Conservatives to win elections despite strong opposition of a majority of Canadians.
I'm aware that Trudeau is overwhelmingly favoured to win and if he does, well I can hope that a strong show of support for Murray influences the direction he takes. Politicians usually go where they think votes and donations are, and I have donated to Murray and will vote for her.
Removing Harper's lot from the levers of power will be the overriding priority in 2015, but who replaces them will matter a great deal. I know my own vote for the Liberals in 2015 is not a done deal, and will depend a great deal on where the new leader takes the party for that race. A cowardly Conservative-lite campaign is not what Canada needs.