Deborah Coyne is increasingly concerned about divisions developing within the country.
And as a candidate for the federal Liberal leadership, the author, lawyer and university professor says she is best suited to mend those differences.
“I am getting a great response because Liberals are looking forward to the leadership race,” said Coyne, who will speak to party faithful in Vernon today.
“Members of the party know Canadians don’t have a clear idea of how the Liberals fit in between the Conservatives and the NDP. But we’re the only party with a history of national government.
“I am making the case for one Canada for all Canadians. I want to talk about the vision of the country.”
Coyne believes there are people seeking an alternative because they are not satisfied with the polarization between the Conservatives and the NDP.
“We will become a clear voice for a majority of Canadians,” she said, adding that the policies of Prime Minister Stephen Harper are generating concern.
“You don’t just cut back on science and food safety. There’s an ideological streak with Stephen Harper that’s grating on people.”
Among the other issues that get raised while she travels across the country are failing infrastructure in communities and long-term care for seniors.
Coyne, who played a role in the constitutional talks of the 1980s and 1990s, was the Liberal candidate in the riding of Toronto-Danforth in 2006.
A new party leader will be selected April 14, 2013, and the only other candidate to date is Justin Trudeau, a Montreal MP.
“He brings a background that is different than mine. My campaign is very ideas focused,” said Coyne.
“I am an original speaker with original ideas and I want to overcome the cynicism out there.”
Coyne will be at a wine-and-cheese social at the Royal York Golf Course in Armstrong today at 6 p.m. That will be followed by the Okanagan-Shuswap Liberal Riding Association annual general meeting.