Dave Duncan

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Liberal MP Bill Graham officially announced his retirement from politics yesterday.  This long-time MP and one time caretaker interim leader of the Liberal party has a long history of fine public service, and as one of his constituents, I couldn’t be happier with how he’s represented me and carried himself.  As the leader of the Liberals after Paul Martin stepped down, Graham was handed the reins of a party struggling with ethical problems, PR nightmares and waning support and maintained a front of poise and grace in the face of fire, and helped improve the face of the party for Stéphane Dion.

In his tenure as Foreign Affairs Minister, Graham was the one who explained to the world that Canada would not support the war in Iraq (a wildly popular move here that clearly represented the wishes of the majority of Canadians), and following that as Minister of Defence, building financial support for ongoing peacekeeping missions and military action in Afghanistan.

Graham has vocally boosted a successor for his seat in our riding, one that shouldn’t have too much trouble winning, even in Toronto.  Bob Rae’s name brings up mixed feelings in Ontario, but he should have no trouble winning the Toronto Centre riding in the next election (or by-election, depending on how things work out).

If we’re REALLY lucky, we’ll have a Federal Election well-timed with the fall Provincial Election so we can get sick of it all at once.  I don’t see that happening though.  Drat.

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