Gary Doer

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - WINNIPEG - The as­so­ci­ated press

ition soon, at an as-yet-un­de­ter­mined date, once he’s helped the new Lib­eral gov­ern­ment com­plete its tran­si­tion.

He’s ex­pected to move back to his home prov­ince, but has re­mained mum about any fu­ture ca­reer plans. The role with the Wil­son Cen­ter will be part­time, shared with the other cochairs — for­mer U.S. am­bas­sador to Canada David Ja­cob­son, and Hugh MacKinnon, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the law firm Ben­nett Jones.

A State Depart­ment of­fi­cial who over­sees the re­la­tion­ship with Canada wel­comed news that Doer won’t be go­ing away en­tirely and will con­tinue making oc­ca­sional vis­its to Wash­ing­ton.

“It’s go­ing to be a lot eas­ier for us,” said Sue Saarnio, the deputy as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state.

“You have earned a rep­u­ta­tion in the diplo­matic corps as one of the most ef­fec­tive am­bas­sadors in Wash­ing­ton ... Your calls were al­ways an­swered — and that’s no small ac­com­plish­ment in this town.”

He’s good, fun and ef­fec­tive; the whole pack­age.

Jane Har­man

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