TORONTO: Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday thanked Bob Rae for his services to Canada as the Liberal leader resigned as a Member of Parliament.
Rae, 65, who has been the MP for Toronto Centre since 2008, said, ““I will be stepping down as the member of Parliament for Toronto Centre to continue my work as a lawyer, a mediator and someone who gets involved in conflict resolution both in Canada and elsewhere.”
He said he has no plans to return to federal politics or get involved in Toronto municipal politics.
In a letter to Rae, with whom he interacted a lot on foreign affairs, Deepak Obhrai recalled his tiffs with the former Liberal Leader over the years, including the one when Rae asked him to “get on the plane’’ when he couldn’t get a reply from Obhrai.
In his letter, Rae says, “You can take pride in your contributions to Canada. You served with honour and distinction, and your contribution will be remembered.
“We disagreed most of the time, but I consider it an honour to have worked with you on the foreign affairs file. I thoroughly enjoyed our media panels together and your QP questions.
“The only time you slipped was when you told me to “get on the plane” when you didn’t get an answer from me on “Omar Khadr”. You immediately called me and explained that you were just expressing your frustration and apologized should it be taken any other way. It was a class act, the kind of actions that have earned you great respect across the country.”