Speculation is mounting that Bob Rae will step aside as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in order to make a bid for job full-time.
Last month he was quoted as saying "It's not going to be a coronation for the leadership.
It's going to be a very competitive, open race. I'm just waiting to hear
whether or not I'm allowed to participate in it."
When he took the job he agreed that he would not use the position as a springboard to seek the leadership on a full-time basis. The executive board of the party has stipulated that the interim leader would not run for leadership.
A committee is currently preparing the rules and
guidelines which will be presented to the board for approval in June. The party has to elect a new leader by June of 2013.
It has normally been practice that the interim leader guides the party on a temporary basis until a permanent leader is selected. Seeking the leaders job while acting as the interim provides an incredible advantage to the individual making for a very uneven playing field
I certainly think that Rae should step aside if he wants the job a permanent basis. It is the right thing to do.
It will be interesting to see who else signs up to lead Canada's third party.
* note: In the first quarter of
this year, the party raised $2.4-million from 22,870 contributors,
according to information released Monday.