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Bob Rae

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Bob Rae is Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Liberal Member of Parliament in the federal riding of Toronto Centre.

Bob Rae served as Ontario’s 21st Premier, and has been elected eleven times to federal and provincial parliaments.

Mr. Rae studied History, Politics and Law at the University of Toronto and Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has been a practicing lawyer since 1980 and from 1996 to 2006 was a Partner at Goodmans in Toronto

Mr. Rae is the past president and founding Chairman of the Forum of Federations and served as Chairman of the Institute of Research on Public Policy (IRPP). He was chair of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and has been the Chairman Emeritus of the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as National Spokesperson of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. He was the Chief Negotiator of the Canadian Red Cross Society in its restructuring, and also served as a member of the Canada Transportation Act Review and the Security and Intelligence Review Committee for Canada. He has served on the boards of a number of public companies and charities. He was Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University from 2002 to 2007.

Mr. Rae completed a review of Ontario’s Postsecondary School Education for the Ontario Provincial government, with a report entitled, Ontario: A Leader in Learning, which in turn led to significant policy and budgetary changes.

In the spring of 2005, Mr. Rae was appointed a special advisor to the Canadian Minister of Public Safety on the Air India bombing of 1985. His report, Lessons to be Learned was published in November of 2005 and led to his further appointment as Independent Counsellor to the Prime Minister of Canada.

Mr. Rae’s books From Protest to Power, The Three Questions, Canada in the Balance, and Exporting Democracy are published by McClelland & Stewart.

Mr. Rae is Senior Fellow of Massey College in the University of Toronto. He has received numerous Honourary Degrees and Awards from universities and organizations in Canada and abroad.

University of Toronto, B.A., 1969
Oxford University, M.Phil. (Rhodes Scholar in 1969), 1971
University of Toronto, J.D., 1977

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  1. Scenes from the road: Yukon (July 18, 2013)

    July 19, 2013

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  2. Canada Must Lead – Not Backtrack – in the Global Fight to End Violence Against Women

    June 14, 2013

    Canadians expect their government to be a leader on the world stage, standing proudly for Canadian values - not an obstacle for progress.   More »

  3. Liberals oppose Bill C-54

    May 27, 2013

    Bill C-54 is ineffective policy that will decrease public safety. It plays on the politics of fear to perpetuate myths and stereotypes about mental illness that will only lead to further stigmatization. When we vote this week, we will be standing for increased public safety and evidence-based policies.  More »

  4. Liberals Lead Emergency Debate on Syrian Conflict amid Threat of Regional Spillover

    May 7, 2013

    OTTAWA– Liberal Foreign Affairs critic Bob Rae made the following statement today on his successful request for an Emergency Debate in the House of Commons on […]  More »

  5. On his birthday, let’s celebrate Lester B. Pearson’s contribution to Canada’s place in the world

    April 23, 2013

    When the General Assembly passed the resolution that established the UN Emergency Force, the delegates surrounded the Canadian desk, offering congratulations to Pearson and his team. Canada was at the centre of the action, constructive, engaged and effective. It was a good day.  More »

Contact information

In Ottawa:
House of Commons
Ottawa (ON) K1A 0A6
Phone: (613) 992-5234
Fax: (613) 996-9607

In Scarborough-Agincourt:
514 Parliament Street
Toronto (ON) M4X 1P4
Phone: (416) 954-2222
Fax: (416) 954-9649

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