I'm pretty out-there liberal but I A) quite actively dislike Michael Ignatieff and B) don't think the NDP have what it takes to pull Canada through this global economic downturn in any positive way. So I voted for Harper. I'm rather ambivalent towards him, don't like or dislike him, but I can appreciate that even though he's a conservative, he's not interested in turning back any laws around same sex marriage, abortion, etc. and has actually ended the highly ineffective money sinkhole that was the long gun registry. And ultimately, getting through these tough economic times is pretty much the most important consideration right now, and I think Harper is best equipped to do that.
I also agree with a lot of this, though I did not actually vote for Harper. I don't really like any of our leaders right now, both federal and provincial (I'm in Ontario), in all honesty.
I disagree with most of what Harper stands for and the way he has gone about doing many things. That said, he is an extremely intelligent person and I do give him credit for getting us through these last rough economic years.