Former Manitoba premier Gary Doer will give his take on the outcome of the U.S. election next week.
The former Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. will take questions from Winnipeg’s business community and scrum with media on Wednesday, November 9 — the day after the United States elects either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as their next commander in chief.
WASHINGTON – A college kid named Gary Doer had a plan to leave school for a while, get some work experience, then return to finish his degree in political science.
His political education wound up lasting 46 years and taking him far off-campus — to a youth-detention facility where he managed conflicting constituencies; to union leadership; the provincial cabinet; three terms as Manitoba premier; and finally to an ambassadorship in Washington.
Former Manitoba premier Gary Doer put his summer vacation on hold Monday to make a return visit to Winnipeg.
Canada’s Ambassador to the United States visited about 60 kids at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre’s (WASAC) summer camp program. Doer was joined by his wife, Ginny Devine, and Kevin Chief, Minister for Children and Youth Opportunities.
The program, housed at the Old Exhibition Grounds on Sinclair Street, receives about $600,000 annually from the province.
Doer and his wife received homemade dream catchers and were treated to a performance of the Red River jib, which was tweaked for a more Washington-style to mark the occasion.
Each summer, more than 1,500 youth enrol in the program, which aims to develop leadership and mentorship skills of aboriginal youth through sports and recreation programs.
One of Manitoba’s former premiers will address the Winnipeg business community on Thursday.
Gary Doer, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, will speak at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon, where he’ll focus on Canada-U.S. relations with particular focus on trade and economic issues.
Doer assumed his current role in October 2009 after more than a decade as Manitoba’s NDP premier.
The luncheon will begin at noon, followed by Doer’s address at about 12:40 p.m.
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.