Frater Closing One Chapter of Life, Excited for New Challenge
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Frater Gary Doer (Zeta-Iota, Univ. of Manitoba) will resign as premier Oct. 18, the day after a new NDP leader is chosen, and begin his new job in Washington, D.C. as Canada's ambassador to the United States the very next day.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Winnipeg Free Press on Monday, a day in which he marked 10 years in office, Frater Doer admitted that the schedule he has kept since announcing his departure seven weeks ago has been hectic.
In that time, he has had briefings in Ottawa for his new job, represented Manitoba at a climate change conference in California and traded barbs with Opposition leaders in the House, while continuing to steer new legislation that will be voted on this week.
"I have to admit that transitioning out of one job and transitioning into another has been taxing on my time," Doer said in an interview at his office Monday afternoon, his desk a little messier than usual because he's been packing his personal effects.
But he said he was determined to "finish the legislation I started," including the new Police Services Act and laws enhancing auto insurance compensation due to catastrophic injuries and dealing with municipal elections.
Asked about what what he'll miss:
"The adrenaline of making decisions. Being ambassador, you don't set policy. You work within policy, which is fine. It's the adrenaline of having the ability to be confronted with tough situations or positive situations and being able to try to make the right decisions in the short term, medium term and long term for Manitoba. I'm going to miss it."
What else he'll miss:
"When you can have within one week time with (former British prime minister) Tony Blair and you can have time with (former Blue Bomber coach) Bud Grant, you know, it's good. It's a good job. It's a great job."
Adapted from a news story by the Winnipeg Free Press. Be sure to follow the latest TKE News with the RSS Feed
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