As Liberals prepare for the leadership vote in April, we all have a million reasons to thank Bob Rae.
He stepped up when our party needed him and put his reputation on the line. He put his many skills and tireless efforts into rebuilding our party. Long hours and endless travel and all of it willingly endured with his typical cheerful, self-effacing nature.
And he’s delivered – ensuring our caucus punched well above our relative size in Parliament at a time when so many pundits were ready to write us off.
He did it all because he wanted to see a better Canada – one with a government that truly reflects your values. He did it because he knows Canada needs a vibrant, inclusive Liberal Party active in every part of this country.
Bob’s driving desire has been to make our party battle-ready – to turn over to the new leader a strong, well-resourced party ready to fight the next election.
The best gift of thanks we can give Bob is to help him finish the job. I hope I can count on you to join me in demonstrating to Bob how much we appreciate everything he has done.
Today, we are launching the “Thanks a Million, Bob” campaign. Over the next three months we will be conducting a special fundraising effort in Bob’s name so he will be able to present the new leader – on day one – a big cheque to ensure he or she has the resources needed to make a strong start with a well-financed Liberal Party of Canada.
As you may have guessed from the name, our ambitious goal is to raise at least $1 million for the party as our gift to Bob. Money that can be put to work immediately – nationally, in our ridings and our provincial and territorial associations. Resources that are vitally needed especially at a time when public subsidies are being eliminated.
If you haven’t already maxed out your national and riding donations, please join us and make a special gift as your thanks to Bob Rae for a job well done. After your political tax credit, a donation of $10.00 will only cost you $2.50.
Maybe you would be willing to join the Victory Fund and dedicate your gift to Bob to a particular riding. Or, if you are already a Victory Fund donor, perhaps you could recruit a friend to sign up as a special tribute to Bob.
Perhaps this is the year that you join the Laurier Club in Bob’s honor and become one of the party’s top sustaining donors. If you donate monthly, after your tax credit, your donation will only cost you $48 a month.
I hope you can attend one of the many local “Thanks a Million, Bob” events that will be taking place in the months to come and tell Bob in person how much you appreciate all he has done.
Perhaps you are even willing to plan a local fundraiser in Bob’s name. Every effort, big or small is appreciated.
As Bob has demonstrated when we rally together amazing things will happen.
I hope I can count on you to join our campaign and add your name to the long list of Liberals everywhere who want to pay tribute to Bob Rae for a tremendous job. Join us in making a tangible expression of gratitude and help us loudly declare “Thanks a Million, Bob!”
Deputy Leader, Liberal Party of Canada