12/06/2011 06:09 EST | Updated 02/05/2012 05:12 EST

Bob Rae On Liberal Leadership: Not Angling To Remove 'Interim' From His Title


OTTAWA - Bob Rae says he enjoys being interim leader of the federal Liberals but that doesn't mean he's angling for the job permanently.

While he did not absolutely rule out a run for the permanent job, Rae took pains Tuesday in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press to quell tensions that have arisen within the party over his long-term aspirations.

Rae noted that the party's national executive appointed him as interim leader last May on condition that he promise not to run for the permanent job.

"The party has made its rules clear and I said at the beginning that I accepted those," he said.

"And I don't want there to be a kind of a continuing (issue) or any sense of ambiguity about that. It seems to me that's been pretty clear."

However, a new Liberal executive is to be elected next month and could choose to change the rules to allow Rae