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Former PM Chrétien lobbied for Rae as interim leader

The disclosure of Jean Chrétien’s behind-the-scenes lobbying in support of MP Bob Rae’s Liberal leadership ambitions follows suggestions by both of them that the Liberal Party should not rule out a merger with the NDP.

The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Past and present: Liberal MP Bob Rae and former PM Jean Chrétien, pictured at a charity event last year. Mr. Chrétien has been lobbying behind the scenes for Mr. Rae to become leader.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Former prime minister Jean Chrétien telephoned Liberal MPs who survived the May 2 Grit election massacre to seek support for Toronto MP Bob Rae as the party’s interim leader—signalling at the same time that Mr. Rae intends eventually to enter the race to become the party’s permanent leader.

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Former PM Chrétien lobbied for Rae as interim leader

The disclosure of Jean Chrétien’s behind-the-scenes lobbying in support of MP Bob Rae’s Liberal leadership ambitions follows suggestions by both of them that the Liberal Party should not rule out a merger with the NDP.

The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Past and present: Liberal MP Bob Rae and former PM Jean Chrétien, pictured at a charity event last year. Mr. Chrétien has been lobbying behind the scenes for Mr. Rae to become leader.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Former prime minister Jean Chrétien telephoned Liberal MPs who survived the May 2 Grit election massacre to seek support for Toronto MP Bob Rae as the party’s interim leader—signalling at the same time that Mr. Rae intends eventually to enter the race to become the party’s permanent leader.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, October 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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