Joyce Murray fends off attacks from Trudeau in final Liberal debate

Justin Trudeau, Joyce Murray and Martin Cauchon during the last debate for the leadership race of...

Justin Trudeau, Joyce Murray and Martin Cauchon during the last debate for the leadership race of the Liberal Party of Canada at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal, this Saturday, March 23, 2013. (JOEL LEMAY/QMI Agency)

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 8:55 PM ET

Joyce Murray was handed some unlikely ammunition by Green Leader Elizabeth May for the final Liberal leadership debate in Montreal on Saturday.

The potential dark-horse candidate came under fire from rivals Justin Trudeau and Martha Hall Findlay over her proposal for Liberals to co-operate with the Greens and New Democrats on a riding-by-riding basis in a bid to beat the Conservatives in the next general election.

Her controversial policy — rejected by the other five candidates — had extra punch given that just hours before the debate, the Green Party announced it wouldn’t field a candidate to challenge the Liberals in the upcoming Labrador byelection and urged the NDP to follow suit.

The seat was vacated last week when cabinet minister Peter Penashue resigned over campaign overspending in the 2011 general election, in which he beat the Liberal incumbent by 79 votes.

 


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