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Bob Rae at the Bookstore

So if you spotted Bob Rae at the bookstore, how would you react? Today at a Chapters/Indigo bookstore in Toronto, I wandered over to say hello, and to ask the one political question that has been eating at me. I had met the interim Liberal leader once before, at a Booklovers' Ball sponsored by the Writers' Development Trust, where we had ended up exchanging books. But I introduced myself anyway, and then I said, "Would you mind if I asked you a political question?" After all, I was accosting the man as he went about his private business in his blue jeans, business which at this point involved checking out the bookstore's selection of history and political science books. He said, "Sure, go ahead."And I said, "Is there any chance that the Liberals and the NDP will get together to deal with the current situation?" He knew what I meant. And Bob Rae said, "I wouldn't rule it out. But the initiative would have to come from the NDP. They're the ones in the driver's seat at the moment." So if anyone knows where Tom Mulcair shops for books, would you please let me know. I have a question for him.

Ken McGoogan
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Anonymous said...

I don't know, but I hope he reads your blog post!

Before turning mainly to books about arctic exploration and Canadian history, Ken McGoogan worked for two decades as a journalist at major dailies in Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal. He teaches creative nonfiction writing through the University of Toronto and in the MFA program at King’s College in Halifax. Ken served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission, has written recently for Canada’s History, Canadian Geographic, and Maclean’s, and sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian. Based in Toronto, he has given talks and presentations across Canada, from Dawson City to Dartmouth, and in places as different as Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Hobart.