Bob Rae

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Bob Rae

Robert Keith Rae PC , CC , O.Ont , QC (born August 2, 1948 in Ottawa ) is a Canadian politician and lawyer . From 1990 to 1995 he was the 21st Prime Minister of the largest Canadian province Ontario .


Rae began his political career in 1980 as chairman of the left-wing Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP). After decades in the opposition , the NDP achieved a narrow absolute majority in early elections in 1990 under his leadership, so that Rae was elected Prime Minister of Ontario on October 1, 1990 as the first NDP man ever .

During his five years in office, Rae suffered from a massive economic recession in his province. Rae tried to counteract this initially by increasing government spending - following Keynes' idea of deficit spending - which, however, tended to worsen the economic situation even further. When Rae was finally forced to make government cuts, he also lost support from the unions.

In the 1995 election, Rae was clearly voted out of office. Years outside of politics followed, in which Rae increasingly distanced himself from the New Democrats. He finally made the official break in 2002 when he accused the party of insufficient reform capacity.

In 2005, Rae returned to politics as an independent agent for Paul Martin's Liberal government . After the Liberal Party's electoral defeat and Martin's resignation, Rae announced on April 26 that he was ready to run for the position of chairman of the Liberal Party of Canada .

According to polls, Rae was one of the favorites in the internal party race to succeed interim chairman Bill Graham . Surprisingly, however, the former Environment Minister Stéphane Dion prevailed in the election on December 2, 2006 .

On June 9, 2009, Rae was detained at Colombo Airport, Sri Lanka on the grounds that he posed a security risk because of his sympathy for the Tamil Tiger rebels. After being detained for twelve hours, he was deported to London.

As of July 31, 2013, Rae resigned from his seat as chief negotiator for the First Nations of James Bay to negotiate with the provincial government of Ontario.

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Individual evidence

  1. Sri Lanka turns Bob Rae away . Retrieved December 15, 2010.
  2. ^ Josh Wingrove: Bob Rae sets departure date as First Nations work picks up . In: The Globe and Mail , July 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bob Rae stepping down as MP . In: CBC News , June 19, 2013.