Liberals appoint interim leader
The Canadian Liberals, who dropped to just 34 parliamentary seats in recent elections, have appointed a new interim leader. The previous leader, Michael Ignatieff, resigned immediately after the election defeat and has been replaced by Bob Rae.
Mr Rae was a former New Democrat premier of Ontario between 1990 and 1995. He left the New Democrats, now the main opposition party in parliament, to join the Liberals in 2005.
A permanent leader of the Liberals is not expected to be elected for another eighteen months according to some reports. There has been talk about the ability of the Liberals to survive after such a massive defeat, however Bob Rae has denied this.
The Conservative Government is planning to scrap subsidies for political parties in their budget, which is scheduled for 6th June, a move which will damage the Liberals even further.