Politics January 18, 2012
Bob Rae On Mudslinging

On the show tonight, Liberal Party interim leader Bob Rae talks about how he'll defend his more-than-20 year old record as Ontario NDP premier. His term was marked by union unrest, business upset, and an economic recession, and his time in office is still referred to as the Rae Days. George asks Bob how he'll handle the inevitable Conservative attack ads that would come his way if he decides to run for permanent Liberal Party leader.

"Well do we ask Stephen Harper about the years that he was the president of the National Citizens' Coalition? Do we ask him about the fact that he called Canada a northern European welfare state in the worst possible sense of that term? Do we remind people that Stephen Harper said no one should feel bad for the unemployed because they're only unemployed because they want to be? Do we remind people that Stephen Harper said he wanted to put a firewall up around Alberta? I would never remind people about those things."

When asked if he thought people cared about his legacy as Ontario premier anymore, Rae answered, " I would suspect that members of this audience only remember Rae Days because in grade three they got an extra week with their parents. I don't think this is a big issue for most people."

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