TORONTO - Failed Liberal leadership contender and former Ontario premier Bob Rae will run for the party in the riding of Toronto Centre in the next federal election.

Rae won the nomination Monday night over human rights advocate Meredith Cartwright.

Rae first entered federal politics in 1978, winning a Toronto byelection for the NDP.

He held his seat in two subsequent elections, and moved the confidence motion that toppled Joe Clark's Tory minority government in 1979.

He left Ottawa to become Ontario NDP leader in 1982, and served as premier from 1990 to 1995.

Rae made a bid for the Liberal leadership last December but finished third in the race won by Stephane Dion.