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Liberal leadership showcase: memorable moments

TORONTO — The six remaining Liberal candidates made their final appeals to thousands of registered voters and the Canadian public in Toronto on Saturday.

Bagpipes and bongos joined the more traditional sounds of cowbells and thundersticks, as the candidates posed their big ideas, their best qualifications and their strongest arguments about why they should be leader.

The showcase kicks off the last week of the leadership campaign, with polls opening online and by phone on Sunday.

Here’s a look at some of the memorable moments from the speeches.
Bob Rae: Rae received a tribute from former Prime Minister Paul Martin and the rest of his party for his work as Liberal leader. Martin said Rae would be remembered “not interim leader, but one of the great leaders of the Liberal party.” Rae will also be remembered for his sense of humor, telling attendees: “I always wanted to be leader of the Liberal Party in the worst way and it looks like I did in fact get my wish.”.
Bob Rae: Rae received a tribute from former Prime Minister Paul Martin and the rest of his party for his work as Liberal leader. Martin said Rae would be remembered “not interim leader, but one of the great leaders of the Liberal party.” Rae will also be remembered for his sense of humor, telling attendees: “I always wanted to be leader of the Liberal Party in the worst way and it looks like I did in fact get my wish.”. Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press
Deborah Coyne: Coyne took the stage as an underdog, but presented her big vision for “One Canada,” she said: “Canadians need the Liberal Party to rise to this challenge. We must transform our party, and reclaim our role as the distinctive voice for bold national leadership – the party that inspires all Canadians to work together to build a better country and a better world.” .
Deborah Coyne: Coyne took the stage as an underdog, but presented her big vision for “One Canada,” she said: “Canadians need the Liberal Party to rise to this challenge. We must transform our party, and reclaim our role as the distinctive voice for bold national leadership – the party that inspires all Canadians to work together to build a better country and a better world.” . Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press
Karen McCrimmon: The main message from the military veteran was “follow your heart.” She told attendees she ran because her heart told her to and the Liberal party needs to do the same. 
“The Liberal party needs to follow its heart. It needs to follow its heart. The second thing it needs to do is stop listening to the naysayers. We have to have confidence in ourselves for Canadians for Canadians to have confidence in us.”.
Karen McCrimmon: The main message from the military veteran was “follow your heart.” She told attendees she ran because her heart told her to and the Liberal party needs to do the same. “The Liberal party needs to follow its heart. It needs to follow its heart. The second thing it needs to do is stop listening to the naysayers. We have to have confidence in ourselves for Canadians for Canadians to have confidence in us.”. Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press
Joyce Murray: Murray spent a lot of time talking about electoral cooperation, her contentious, flagship policy.
“Today over 60 ridings across our country are held by Conservative MPs who got elected with less than 50 per cent of the vote …. No wonder Canadians are discouraged. Their voices aren’t being heard…. Frankly they are deeply anxious about what happens to Canada if the wrong choice is made in 2015 and Stephen Harper gets another four years.”.
Joyce Murray: Murray spent a lot of time talking about electoral cooperation, her contentious, flagship policy. “Today over 60 ridings across our country are held by Conservative MPs who got elected with less than 50 per cent of the vote …. No wonder Canadians are discouraged. Their voices aren’t being heard…. Frankly they are deeply anxious about what happens to Canada if the wrong choice is made in 2015 and Stephen Harper gets another four years.”. Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press
Justin Trudeau with his family.
Justin Trudeau with his family. Justin Tang/The Canadian Press
Martha Hall Findlay: Hall Findlay started by calling herself an underdog, but went on to target one of the perceived weaknesses of presumed frontrunner Justin Trudeau, substance.
“You could conceivably vote for me because of my new hairstyle or this killer dress – Canadian-designed—but I ask you to vote for me because of my ideas and because of what I know we can do together. You know where I stand on many issues. I have never shied away from giving straight, substantive answers to any policy questions.”.
Martha Hall Findlay: Hall Findlay started by calling herself an underdog, but went on to target one of the perceived weaknesses of presumed frontrunner Justin Trudeau, substance. “You could conceivably vote for me because of my new hairstyle or this killer dress – Canadian-designed—but I ask you to vote for me because of my ideas and because of what I know we can do together. You know where I stand on many issues. I have never shied away from giving straight, substantive answers to any policy questions.”. Justin Tang/The Canadian Press
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Martin Cauchon: Former Liberal justice minister Martin Cauchon took some of his 20 minutes to address Stephen Harper. “I’m not afraid of the attack ad. If you support me, if I become leader of our party, Stephen Harper, I’m going to take you on and Canadians are going to take you down.  Trust me.”.
Martin Cauchon: Former Liberal justice minister Martin Cauchon took some of his 20 minutes to address Stephen Harper. “I’m not afraid of the attack ad. If you support me, if I become leader of our party, Stephen Harper, I’m going to take you on and Canadians are going to take you down. Trust me.”. Nathan Dentte/The Canadian Press
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