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Friday, September 08, 2006

A study in contrasts

Isn't this great? From the Toronto Star:

Bob Rae says he's a Liberal for the long haul regardless of whether he wins the party leadership.

"I'm going to run in the next election and I hope I'm running as leader," the former Ontario NDP premier told the Toronto Star editorial board yesterday.

"Conventions will decide who the leader is, but I very much want to get back into politics," said Rae, premier from 1990 to 1995.

"I very much want to be part of the team. I'm very committed to renewing the Liberal party and to defeating (Conservative Prime Minister) Stephen Harper. Those are two things which are very, very critical for my sense of well-being in life."

Rae's unequivocal answer was a stark contrast to one from chief rival, MP Michael Ignatieff (Etobicoke-Lakeshore).

Ignatieff, who returned to Canada last winter after living abroad for 34 of the previous 36 years, was asked the same question by the Star's editorial board last Wednesday.

"Depends who's leader," the prominent academic said, noting there are "all kinds of ways you can stay committed and involved and active in the Liberal Party of Canada, believe me, without being an MP."

And from the CTV website:

Federal Liberal leadership hopeful Bob Rae is proposing a national catastrophic drug program to prevent patients from having to choose between their health and their bank balances.

The idea is the centrepiece of a six-point health-care strategy Rae unveiled today at a news conference in downtown Toronto. [...]

His announcement comes one day after leadership rival Michael Ignatieff unveiled his own campaign platform at a splashy rally in Toronto.

So there you have it, folks. Firm commitments versus evasive bumblings. Real solutions for people versus "splashy rallies" in downtown Toronto. Experienced leadership versus superficial showmanship. Substance versus style. Take your pick.