Former Manitoba Premier Gary Doer is back in Winnipeg today, but he’s not here on official business. The Canadian Ambassador to the United States will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba.
Doer was premier from 1999 to 2009, when he stepped down to accept the prestigious role in Washington. His departure disappointed many Manitobans, who first elected him in 1986 as an MLA for Concordia. Doer’s leadership led the provincial NDP party to three consecutive governments during his time at the reigns.
The degree will be handed out during a ceremony at the Investors Group Athletic Centre on the U of M’s Fort Garry campus at 3 p.m.
The ceremony is open to the public and coincides with the first of three days of spring convocation at the university. Students will receive their diplomas from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily today, Wednesday and Thursday. If you can’t make it in person, a live stream is available.