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Update: Rae Set To Run For Liberal Leadership

Update: Rae Set To Run For Liberal Leadership

The National Board of the Liberal Party is rumored to have decided to allow current interim Leader Bob Rae to run for the permanent leadership. When he was chosen as the party’s interim leader, it was intended that he would not run for the permanent leadership. The Board doesn’t meet officially until June 13, but sources have told the CBC that Rae has been cleared to run. The race will start in July and run for 10 months.

Whether Rae, who has been leading the party through some historically low polling numbers, is the right person to lead remains to be seen.

Postmedia News did a poll online asking people about potential leadership candidates and Justin Trudeau came out above Rae, 34 percent to 18 percent, though Trudeau has consistently said he’s not interested.  Marc Garneau, David McGuinty, Gerrard Kennedy and Dominic Leblanc all trailed behind. Rae, Kennedy and Leblanc have all been leadership candidates in the past (though Leblanc stepped aside, along with Rae, to allow Michael Ignatieff to take over in 2008).

Whoever wins the leadership will be charged with bringing the Liberals back to what members believe is their rightful place as the natural governing party. It’s not unlikely that many members of the Liberal Party can foresee the fairy tale of a Trudeau  – the son and heir of one of their most popular leaders, Pierre Elliot Trudeau – bringing the party back from the brink of extinction and into government where they belong. Whether Trudeau, who is a fairly new MP (first election in 2008) with a young family, wants the responsibility remains to be seen.

If Trudeau does opt to run he would be heavily favored, and if he won he would be the youngest federal party leader, 15 years younger than the current Prime Minister.

Whoever the Liberals pick, he or she will be the party’s fourth leader in four years.

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10:17AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

There's nothing wrong with voting NDP - that's what I did last election. ;-)

9:06AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Shan, I agree. Nevertheless, I'll continue as an NDP voter for now.

1:35PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Indeed, Linda. I still feel sick when I remember the "Shamrock Summit" and have never been able to enjoy that song ("When Irish Eyes Are Smiling") since. Mulroney should be in jail for all the corrupt things he's done. And Chretien wasn't squeaky-clean, but he did keep us out of Iraq. And earlier on, he was a *huge* part of the repatriation of the Constitution and the Charter of Rights. We have him to thank for those, almost as much as Trudeau.

BTW, an update on this article: Bob Rae decided not to run, after all. He said it was for the good of the party, and I think he's right about that. He's got too much old Ontario NDP baggage that people won't forgive, and therefore he can't count on being able to win enough federal seats in the next election.

11:35AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Shan, I agree Justin is intelligent and certainly articulate and charismatic. He does need a little more experience perhaps. I admired his father and we have not had a decent leader since him, just a bunch of spineless and charismatically challenged rejects. I absolutely hated the Mulroney/Reagan/Thatcher era and we've been going downhill ever since with reversal of human rights, environmental and international respect the culmination of which has come to pass with Harperius. At least Cretien had the sense to keep us out of the fiasco of the illegal Iraq war.
I also find it interesting and very revealing that so many Canadians contribute comments to and are aware of American issues while Americans are often totally unaware of their nearest neighbours concerns. They are terribly self centred.

3:48PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

"There might be an articulate, well-spoken Justin Trudeau with strong social convictions that I never heard of. I hope so, because if not, it's going to be another disastrous, Stéphane-Dion-style era for the Liberals." - Myriam -

You should try watching him on the English CBC. There is indeed an articulate, well-spoken Justin Trudeau with strong social convictions. He is NOTHING like Dion. He's just smart enough to understand that now is not HIS time. He knows he needs more experience, and he WANTS time for his children to grow up with a normal kind of family life - the chance HE never had as a child.

10:44AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

WARNING: Justin might look good and be charismatic, but.... that's it. He basically has no content, besides what might get him re-elected. People see him and dream of the greatness of the past but... he's not the one who can bring it back.

I mostly see or hear of him in the French media, and it's always in lighter articles and in shows about entertainment. Most of the time, he brings his wife to "help" him with the questions. I never see him in the real political shows with tough questions, like RDI's "Match des élus". I never hear him tackle difficult issues, he just says stuff that is plain and obvious, like he's against poverty (gee, aren't we all?).

There might be an articulate, well-spoken Justin Trudeau with strong social convictions that I never heard of. I hope so, because if not, it's going to be another disastrous, Stéphane-Dion-style era for the Liberals.

4:18PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Yes, Juliet, this is in Canada. There is now a section in Causes for Canadian issues. The article is about Bob Rae, the current interim leader of the Liberal party. However, the man in the photo is Justin Trudeau, son of the late Prime Minister Pierre Eliot Trudeau.

3:47PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Is this in Canada? How about a little clue in the article title?

3:05PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

He or she????? There wasn't one woman's name listed.

1:25PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

"Why Conservatives Can't Govern" by Alan Wolfe
www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2006/0607.wolfe.html

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