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Bob Rae marks Laurier’s centennial with lecture on Canada’s foreign policy

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Sep 21/11| For Immediate Release

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Frank Millerd, Professor Emeritus
Wilfrid Laurier University
519-576-3468 or fmillerd@wlu.ca

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Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
519-884-0710 ext. 3070 or kcrowley@wlu.ca

WATERLOO – The Hon. Bob Rae, a former Laurier chancellor and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will speak about Canada’s foreign policy at Laurier’s Waterloo campus Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall.

The public lecture is part of a series entitled “100 Years after Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier: Canada's Political Landscape.” The series celebrates both the university’s centennial in 2011, and the 100 years since Laurier ended his term as prime minister. Laurier served from 1896 to 1911.

Rae will focus on issues that were of importance to Sir Wilfrid Laurier and that continue to be important today, such as foreign policy.

“We are very pleased that Bob Rae has agreed to share his extensive knowledge of and experience in Canadian politics,” said retired Laurier professor Frank Millerd, who helped organize the lecture. “He will not only talk about the state of foreign policy today, but also how it has evolved since Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s time.”

Rae, who was appointed the sixth chancellor of Laurier on July 2, 2003, served as Ontario’s 21st premier and was elected eight times to federal or provincial parliaments before taking a sabbatical from politics in 1996. Rae returned to the political arena in 2008 under the Liberal banner, winning the Toronto Centre riding. He assumed the position as interim Liberal leader on May 25, 2011.

During his term as premier of Ontario, Rae’s government was responsible for an historic statement of relationship between the government and First Nations people of Ontario. In 1992, he was also extensively involved in the constitutional discussions leading up to the drafting of the Charlottetown Accord.



Rae served as co-chair of the Mont Tremblant Conference on Federalism in 1999. He has also acted as an advisor on federalism and constitutional issues to both the government of Sri Lanka and the rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Rae, a Rhodes Scholar in 1969, was appointed to Her Majesty’s Privy Council for Canada in 1998. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2004.

He has also written four books: From Protest to Power: Personal Reflections on a Life in Politics (1996), Three Questions: Prosperity and the Public Good (1998), Canada in the Balance (2006), and Exporting Democracy: The Risks and Rewards of Pursuing a Good Idea (2010).

The Sept. 22 event is free and open to the public.

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