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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bob Rae: down the memory hole

Liberal leadership candidate and former Ontario Premier Bob Rae, to whom the National Post recently referred as "one of our greatest living experts on how not to run a government when times are hard", has an astonishing memoir in today's Post: Lessons learned from a life of public service. The erstwhile socialist who practically bankrupted Ontario in the 1980s and who now wants to be the Prime Minister of Canada claims to have learned his lesson. He looks back on his tenure in Ontario with a "that was then, this is now" shrug:
I gained essential experience in governing when the economy recedes. Today, under similar circumstances, I would do some things very differently.

Oh, all right then.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That reminds me of the Simpsons elephant episode. Homer is explaining to Lisa that someone who has a lot of ivory would be less likely to kill the elephant for it's ivory than someone who doesn't have any.