I should really turn off Twitter when I'm on the phone at work, because when I scanned my feed during a down moment in a conference call this afternoon and saw this story, I nearly let slip a stream of unparliamentary language that would have greatly confused the folks on the other end of the line.
As for Mr. Rae, Ms. Copps says the executive should not be able to restrict who runs and who does not. That’s up to voters.
She noted that when Mr. Rae took over the leadership, he agreed to rules set by the party’s “current” executive that the Interim Leader would not seek the top job permanently.
But a new executive could change that rule. And Ms. Copps will if she is elected president.
Part of the argument in restricting a bid by Mr. Rae was that he could use his interim leadership as a launching pad for a permanent run. He’d have an advantage because of his profile and his ability to meet Liberals during his travels.
But Ms. Copps dismisses this. She doesn’t believe that being leader of the third party gives anyone the leg up.
"It won't be me. I'm not going to run for leadership."