Bob Rae

Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy



Bob Rae was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013. He was Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995, and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013. He was named “Parliamentarian of the Year” by his colleagues in the House of Commons in 2011 and received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians in 2018.

He is working now as a lawyer, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, with a particular focus on first nations, aboriginal, and governance issues. He is a Fellow of the Forum of Federations, and teaches at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Law, Massey College, and Victoria College, and is a widely respected writer and commentator.

An author of five books (most recently, the best selling What’s Happened to Politics) and many studies and reports, Bob Rae is a Privy Councillor, a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and has numerous awards and honorary degrees from institutions in Canada and around the world.


The Role of Government
Issues in Aboriginal Law and Policy

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