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Standing against ageism


 

Let’s begin our Liberal convention coverage with this bit from the Globe’s preview.

How does choosing a 63-year-old former NDP premier of Ontario signal renewal for the Liberal Party? The very question “suggests there’s a terrible ageism at play,” believes Aidan Johnson, the 32-year-old policy chair for Ms. Copps’s campaign. “To suggest someone isn’t capable of renewing the party because of their age is profoundly bigoted.”

Bob Rae will be a few months past his 67th birthday in October 2015. Were the Liberals to win an election around that time with him as leader, he would become the fourth oldest prime minister to take office, bested only by three 70-somethings: John Abbott, Mackenzie Bowell and Charles Tupper.

In addition to our rented Liberal friends, the whole Maclean’s team will be on the convention floor this weekend: myself, John Geddes, Paul Wells and Peter C. Newman (who offers this assessment of Mr. Rae’s situation). Frequent blogging and tweeting (#MacLib) will ensue.


 

Standing against ageism

  1. If Rae wants to run for the permanent leadership, he should resign as interim leader. Today. It is unfair to the rest of the field to allow Rae to campaign for the leadership from the position of incumbency.

    Perhaps some journalist at this convention will stop fawning over Rae long enough to ask if the Liberals will address this obvious inequity.

    • We know your side is a stickler for equity. 

      • Just like we know your side isn’t.

      • It would be funny if Peter MacKay were to become CPC leader and  Rae for the Libs and have Mackay try to admonish him.

  2. Those in the LPC with a bit of wisdom know that if they choose Rae, they won`t win the next election but they may be able to hold their seats in English Canada and trade places with the NDP in Quebec.

     I suppose they figure that if  Quebecers will vote for a sixty-something Toronto guy in one election they will vote for a similarly qualified guy in the next election. watch for the Libs to aggressively go after those 60 NDP seats in Quebec, starting this week-end.

  3. “In addition to our rented Liberal friends, the whole Maclean’s team will be on the convention floor this weekend: myself, John Geddes, Paul Wells and Peter C. Newman.”

    Are you certain that’s enough reporters to cover convention of moribund third party?  Surely you could use a few more journos, Libs don’t do enough navel gazing. 

  4. It has nothing to do with age, per se….it has to do with time-in-the-field.

    Rae and Copps have been in politics forever….Rae was in the HOC before he became premier in Ont, and Copps has been through all the internal wars.

    I don’t know that either of them can bring ‘new thinking’ to the job.

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