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 is working now as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations. Until the summer of 2020 he worked as a lawyer, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, with a particular focus on first nations, aboriginal, and governance issues. He also taught at the University of Toronto Munk School of International Affairs and Public Policy, and was a widely respected writer and commentator. He also taught as a Professor of Public Policy at Victoria College and is a Senior Fellow at Massey College.
An author of five books 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.
Mr. Rae was born on August 2nd 1948, in Ottawa, Ontario. His parents were Lois Esther (George) and Saul Rae. He is married to Arlene Perly Rae, a writer and speaker, and they have three children, and five grandchildren.