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Gary Doer

Honorary Doctorate


Gary Doer

Gary Doer is an ardent promoter of Manitoba and an unwavering supporter of The University of Winnipeg. Doer has spent his career in public service as union leader, head of the New Democratic Party of Manitoba, Member of the Legislature, Premier and now, Ambassador of Canada to the United States. Sworn in as Manitoba's Premier in 1999, Doer's government blended the traditional NDP emphasis on social programs with an economic policy of balanced budgets and paying down debt.

Under Premier Doer, the Province of Manitoba helped make UWinnipeg's Science Complex and Richardson College for the Environment a reality with a donation of $25 million to the University's A World of Opportunity Capital Campaign and $7 million in additional support for laboratories, including a vivarium and greenhouse facilities to be constructed in the new complex. Premier Doer was also instrumental in providing funding for the repair of historic Wesley Hall and the revitalization of Spence Street for campus and community use. A commitment to UWinnipeg runs in the Doer family. Both of Doer's daughters currently attend classes on the UWinnipeg campus - one at the Collegiate and the other at The University of Winnipeg.