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Bob Rae, who today will face his last Question Period as federal Liberal leader, is an inspiration to anyone out there — politician or not — who thinks there are no second acts in life.

For those who might’ve forgotten, Mr. Rae was the one-term Ontario NDP premier who led his party to electoral annihilation in 1995 — going from a 74-seat majority government to 17-seat third party status.

“Led by 50-year-old Mike Harris and a right-wing agenda that stressed job creation, tax cuts, a balanced budget and less government, the Conservatives swept to a majority in the 130-seat legislature,” the Financial Post declared on its front page the next day. “Rae, who has led the Ontario party since 1982, said he would use the next few months to consider his future.” Everyone assumed he’d drift off into respectable anonymity. He didn’t.

Mr. Rae resigned from the NDP, and began…

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