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Axworthy picks Joyce Murray as Liberal leader

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OTTAWA – Former senior Manitoba Liberal cabinet minister Lloyd Axworthy released a statement today saying he had voted for Joyce Murray to become the next leader of the Liberal party.

Axworthy, the president of the University of Winnipeg, had indirectly supported Murray’s campaign already, but in a statement he said today he "proudly voted" for her because he believes "it’s time to change the way we do politics in Canada and Joyce is offering a pathway to make that happen."

He lauded her campaign for its commitment to a value-added economy, basic research, environmental stewardship, as well as her most well-known campaign promise — one-time co-operation with the NDP to defeat the Conservatives.

Murray is widely seen as the only real challenger left in the race against front-runner Justin Trudeau.

There are 127,142 Canadians signed up to vote in the leadership race this week. Thus far 74,035 have cast a ballot, including 2,523 of the 4,444 voters signed up in Manitoba.

The winner will be announced in Ottawa Sunday.

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Updated on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 1:21 PM CDT: corrects typo, adds title

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