Why It Was Time For Ol'Bob to Step Aside

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.

According to the Media, Bob's Our Hero

Bob Rae is hardly a stranger to the warm glow of over-praise for under-delivering, which is why yesterday's announcement that he would not be seeking an extension of his term as Liberal boss, and all the fawning retrospectives and editorials that followed, created a spectacle quite consistent with the broader themes of his modest career, feigned pundit shock notwithstanding.

It's Not a (Liberal) Party Without Bob

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.