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Liberal brass to set rules for leadership race, expected to let Rae run

Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Tuesday June 12, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA - Liberal party brass will declare Wednesday whether Bob Rae can try to turn his gig as interim leader into a permanent job.

Even though the party's national board of directors is widely expected to give Rae the go-ahead to run for the top job, support is growing for another contender: Montreal MP Justin Trudeau.

The eldest son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau has seen his popularity soar since he knocked out burly Conservative senator Patrick Brazeau in a charity boxing match.

Now the 40-year-old Trudeau says he's being urged to run for Liberal leader, although he insists he will not try for the job this time around.

Other names rumoured to be considering a leadership bid are MPs Marc Garneau, David McGuinty, Joyce Murray and Dominic LeBlanc, as well as a host of defeated MPs and failed Liberal candidates.

The party's national board of directors has a conference call scheduled for 7 p.m. ET tomorrow to sort out the rules and timelines for a leadership race.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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