Second place finish by Joyce Murray confirms more Canadians ready for cooperation, willing to vote for it

Toronto, ON — April 14th — The second-place finish by Liberal leadership candidate Joyce Murray confirms that increasingly large numbers of Canadians support cooperation between the Liberals, NDP, and Greens in the next election as a one-time deal to ensure the next government better represents a majority of voters and passes electoral reform.

Murray’s finish was boosted by independent pro-democracy group Leadnow.ca, who led a grassroots campaign that signed up tens of thousands of Canadians to vote in the race through the new “supporter” category. Leadnow appealed to its community to sign up and vote in the Liberal leadership race after an internal survey showed an overwhelming 95% support for cooperation.

Last year, Leadnow ran a similar campaign in the NDP leadership race, helping to boost Nathan Cullen to a surprising third-place finish.

“We can see that more and more Canadians want a new kind of politics and a stronger democracy,” said Matthew Carroll, Campaigns Director with Leadnow.ca. “Throughout the race Justin Trudeau has promised to do politics differently. He now has an opportunity to put those words into action by cooperating to make our democracy work better for all Canadians.”

A recent national Environics poll released last week shows that Canadians think our democratic system is broken, overwhelmingly favour proportional representation, and are willing vote for cooperation candidates to defeat Conservative MPs in the next federal election. The poll shows that over 70% of Liberal and NDP supporters would vote for joint candidates.

“We’re so grateful to the thousands of Canadians who got involved in the Liberal and NDP leadership races for the first time in their lives because they believe our country is heading in the wrong direction,” said Jamie Biggar, Executive Director of Leadnow.ca. “Our democracy, environment and economy are suffering, and people are looking for leaders who will cooperate to overcome our broken electoral system and meet the urgent challenges of our time.”

For more details of Leadnow’s national poll with Environics, see:
http://cooperate4.ca/national-poll/

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Jamie Biggar, Executive Director of Leadnow.ca
778-847-8205 – media@leadnow.ca

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