Mans­bridge an­chors his fi­nal edi­tion of ‘The Na­tional’

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Peter Mans­bridge ended his run as CBC’s main an­chor Satur­day say­ing he wasn’t a “fan of long good­byes,” but was a “fan of long thank yous.”

“I thank the peo­ple that I work with,” Mans­bridge said as he wrapped up CBC’s cov­er­age of Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tions in Ot­tawa on Satur­day.

“I have been ex­tremely lucky over all this time to have worked in this place,” he said. “It has been just a fab­u­lous ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Ear­lier in the day, Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau dropped by where Mans­bridge was broad­cast­ing in Ot­tawa and paid trib­ute to the vet­eran an­chor.

“Thank you for be­ing a steady hand and a steady voice for us al­ways through the years, we’re go­ing to miss you,” Trudeau told Mans­bridge.

Mans­bridge an­chored CBC’s “The Na­tional” for the fi­nal time Fri­day, say­ing it has been “quite the ride.”

“Thanks for watch­ing all these years, it’s been quite the ride for me, but al­ways a priv­i­lege to be a part of bring­ing the na­tional story home to you from wher­ever that story may be,’’ said Mans­bridge at the end of the hour-long show. “I can only hope you found it worth­while, too. Good­bye.’’

Mans­bridge, 68, said in an in­ter­view this week that he didn’t in­tend to make a big fuss of his last ap­pear­ance on the flag­ship news­cast as an­chor.

Mans­bridge re­vealed his re­tire­ment plans last year. The CBC has not yet in­di­cated how it will re­place him.

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