Aug. 28, 2009
The following statement on the resignation of Manitoba Premier Gary Doer was issued today by Premier Shawn Graham:
I want to express my sincere gratitude to Premier Doer, as he prepares to retire from public office, for his many years of service to the people of Manitoba, and for his strong commitment to interprovincial co-operation and trade development. As the dean of Canadian premiers he has acted as mentor to young premiers, including me, and I thank him for providing guidance, and sharing his wisdom so generously.
While we enjoy strong relations with all our fellow provinces and territories, New Brunswick has developed a close partnership with the Province of Manitoba, in large part due to Premier Doer.
Our provinces share many similarities and strengths, and it has been a pleasure to co-operate with Premier Doer on different trade missions, especially in our ongoing efforts to expand interprovincial relations and trade through the Council of the Federation.
After 10 years as Premier and three majority governments, Gary Doer has helped to make Manitoba a strong and vital partner in Confederation. He leaves a legacy of good government and strong leadership that will be hard to follow.