'(CP) - Former Ontario NDP premier Bob Rae, backed by former prime minister Jean Chretien's right-hand man, will set the stage Monday for a likely Liberal leadership run with a speech in Winnipeg outlining challenges facing the country.
'They hope he could counter that by helping consolidate a left-of-centre coalition that would eventually squeeze out the NDP.
' "The division on the right is past. Now we have a division on the left," said the source.
' "Certainly a type like Bob Rae could build a stronger coalition of the centre-left to defeat the Conservatives."(link)
Maybe they should throw a "United Alternative" Conference. When the NDP refuse to co-operate they could change the Liberal Party name and claim to be an amalgation of the two left wing parties... I'm thinking "The Democratic Party" is a perfect name to use... Or is that too American for the America haters faction in the Canuckian left?
As much as I have the profound urge to vehemently vomit when I think of the words "Prime Minister Bob Rae" I have to say strategically this makes sense. The Liberal party needs someone from the left of the party to re-unite the warring factions. Ignatieff, that lovable Harvard brat, is too centrist. Ken Dryden, and Martin Cauchon fare much better on the government loving, people distrusting leftist agenda meter. Bob Rae, has those credentials in oogles.
On top of that his image has been ressurected as of late. Mainly because people have a short attention span and can't remember past the "horrible" Mike Harris years. But's it's been aided by the Chretienites getting him plush government positions on "studies."
Well bully for Bob Rae. Though he's got one thing going against him: he started in provincial politics.
No provincial politician has ever made a sucessfull political transformation to federal politics. Not a single one. It's worked the other way before, but definitely not from wherever the heck else to Ottawa.