Bob Rae: Oh it was nothing...


Locutus
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Don't mention it.


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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Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae prepares to leave political spotlight - thestar.com
 
L Gilbert
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"I screwed up as premiere, but if I say the right stuff, you all will like me as Gliberal leader. I promise"
(Me, putting relatively accurate words in Rae's fat yap)
 
eh1eh
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Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

"I screwed up as premiere, but if I say the right stuff, you all will like me as Gliberal leader. I promise"
(Me, putting relatively accurate words in Rae's fat yap)

Is he running?
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by eh1ehView Post

Is he running?

"Ran" would be the appropriate verb. Now he's running ....... sensibly, but still after the fact.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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I think Rae is acting with extreme class in this case.
 
damngrumpy
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I agree with Retired Canadian Soldier on this one.
Also keeping in mind he was never my favorite person in politics even his
record is being reviewed to reflect the time we were living in. Most people
don't realize that Rae Days as they were called, are something of a real
discovery to States south of the Boarder than ran into financial trouble.
Several States temporarily adopted versions of Rae days for public sector
workers.
All kinds of things went wrong and the NDP of the day dabbled in too many
things and got themselves in trouble. It should be noted in Saskatchewan
for example the NDP were praised for continued balanced budgets. Not in
Ontario though.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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It should also be remembered that the previous Liberal Government left Ontario in one hell of a mess before the NDP.

Kind of how the McGuinty is leaving the province of Ontario.
 
damngrumpy
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Its true Rae came in at a time when there was a full fledged recession now
that I remember.
 
eh1eh
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Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

"Ran" would be the appropriate verb. Now he's running ....... sensibly, but still after the fact.

Yes, as in running away.

Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_SoldierView Post

I think Rae is acting with extreme class in this case.

Indeed. The interim leader isn't destined to have a kick at the can. Rae has always been a consummate professional.
 
taxslave
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Perhaps now the Liberal party can start to move back towards the center. Unless the fools elect Just in as leader. Then the party will race off into left space never to be heard from again.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_SoldierView Post

I think Rae is acting with extreme class in this case.

Bob Rae has always been a class act. A horrible premier but a class act all around. More of the same as Liberal leader.
 
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