Timeline: Key events in Bob Rae’s life and career

Liberal MP Bob Rae waves as he is greeted by party staff and MPs following his final caucus meeting as leader on Parliament Hill Wednesday March 27, 2013 in Ottawa. Adrian Wyld/CP

Bob Rae, a fixture on Canada’s political scene for more than three decades, is giving up his seat in the House of Commons in order to devote himself to work on behalf of First Nations in northern Ontario.

“This is going to be a major undertaking,” an emotional Rae told a surprise news conference Wednesday in the foyer of the House of Commons.

“It’s clear to me that it will take a lot more time and it simply isn’t possible to do both jobs at the same time.”

The 64-year-old Rae’s unexpected announcement caps a political career that has spanned 35 years and two parties. It came after he privately broke the news to the Liberal caucus in what he described as a difficult moment.

Below is an interactive graphic timeline that looks at key points in Rae’s life and career:


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