Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae prepares to leave political spotlight
OTTAWA — Bob Rae doesn’t want any elaborate thanks or tributes when he steps down as interim Liberal leader in April.
“Nothing exaggerated,” says Rae.
When asked how he wants Liberals to look back on his temporary, two-year tenure, Rae says he’ll be satisfied if he is regarded as the man “who kept us in the game … that’s what I was asked to do.”
Nor is Rae looking for any special job when the new leader takes over in mid-April.
“I’ll be a critic like everybody else or a spokesman for particular issue,” says Rae, who’s remaining officially neutral in the contest.
“It’s really important for the new leader to establish his or her stamp and not to be deferential to me or anybody else. I’m certainly happy to give my advice whenever I’m asked to, but I don’t intend to be a doting uncle sitting around saying ‘don’t do this’ and ‘do it my way.’”
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