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article imageBob Rae confirms he will not seek Canada's Liberal leadership

By Andrew Moran     Jun 13, 2012 in Politics
Ottawa - After months of speculation, interim Liberal Party leader Bob Rae has finally confirmed that he will not seek the party's permanent leadership. Up until as late as last week, Rae had planned to run for leader.
Who will run now for the Liberal Party leadership in the spring of next year?
Speaking in the foyer of the House of Commons, Liberal interim leader Bob Rae announced that he intends not to run for the permanent leadership position of the Grits. He confirmed that he will stay on as interim leader until a replacement is found in 2013.
The former Ontario New Democratic Party Premier said when he agreed to take over from Michael Ignatieff, the former Liberal leader who lost his seat in last year’s federal election, he understood it was only temporarily. After more than a year serving as leader, he wanted to run for the permanent position, but decided against it in the end.
“The way in which I can serve my party best is by not running for the leadership,” the Toronto Centre Member of Parliament told reporters Wednesday, reports Postmedia News. “It hasn't been an easy decision, but I think it's best for the party and it's a decision that I feel comfortable with.”
Rae did not mention any pressure from key Liberal officials, who feared his excessive baggage, especially during his days as premier, his age, which he says is “bull----”, and the need for a new face for the struggling party, what many feel is a “party of the past.”
“It was a difficult decision to make, it wasn't a slam dunk. It was a matter of weighing things as carefully as you can and saying, on balance, this is what I think is in the better interest of the party than otherwise,” added Rae.
For the next several months, there will be a ton of speculation as to who will run for the permanent leadership. The most prominent name to float around is Justin Trudeau, a two-term Papineau Member of Parliament and son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, but he has repeatedly denied that he is intending on running for the Liberal leadership.
The Globe and Mail reported that Trudeau revealed he was under intense pressure to run. “I am continuing to say no but I won't lie to you, I'm under a lot of pressure to reconsider.”
Other potential candidates are MPs Marc Garneau and David McGuinty, but no one has officially stated their intentions.
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