After Bob Rae announced his non-leadership contention yesterday, many realised there is a gaping void of viable young candidates to replace him. In doing so, the best years of the Liberal Party of Canada will not belong, not in the distant past, but in the near future.
Last week I dropped in to see Bob Rae at his Parliament Hill office. We were alone, and he was in a very reflective mood. I left with the sense that he had made up his mind not to seek the permanent leadership of the Liberal Party. After hearing the news, while I have great respect for his decision, I am disappointed.