Gary Doer

Born Mar 31, 1948

Gary Albert Doer, OM is a Canadian diplomat and politician from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Since October 19, 2009, he has served as Canada's Ambassador to the United States. Doer previously served as the 20th Premier of Manitoba from 1999 to 2009, leading a New Democratic Party government.… Read More

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1948 Birth Born on March 31, 1948.


1973 25 Years Old Doer first joined the New Democratic Party in the 1970s, and worked for the party in the 1973 provincial election.
1975 27 Years Old He discontinued his membership in 1975 to preserve the neutrality of his union, and was later courted by both the New Democrats and Progressive Conservatives to run for public office.


1979 31 Years Old Doer became president of the Manitoba Government Employees' Association in 1979, and served in this capacity until 1986. … Read More
He rejoined the NDP in 1986, and was a candidate in that year's provincial election.
1987 39 Years Old Doer was given further responsibilities as Minister of Crown Investments on February 5, 1987, and was later named as Minister responsible for the Accountability of Crown Corporations (August 19, 1987) and Minister responsible for the Liquor Control Act (September 21, 1987). … Read More


Doer was the first declared candidate in the Manitoba New Democratic Party's 1988 leadership contest. … Read More
1992 - 1994 2 More Events
1995 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Doer focused on health issues in the 1995 provincial election. … Read More
1996 48 Years Old Doer opposed the Filmon government's decision to privatize the Manitoba Telephone System in 1996, arguing that it would cause Manitobans to lose control over a vital part of their economy. … Read More
1997 49 Years Old Some New Democrats expressed discontent with Doer's leadership in late 1997. … Read More


1998 50 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The Tories regained their lead by 1998, but fallout from the vote-splitting scandal gave the NDP an 8% lead in a Probe/Free Press poll issued in March 1999. … Read More
In the buildup to the 1999 provincial election, Doer unveiled a platform that called for balanced budgets, debt repayment and a freeze on taxes.
2000 - 2001 2 More Events
Doer has frequently argued in favour of Canada's public health system. He criticized Alberta's plan to introduce more private health provisions in 2002, and defended the public system as efficient and less expensive. … Read More
2003 55 Years Old Shortly after his re-election in 2003, Doer criticized the federal government for failing to respond to an agriculture crisis caused by the discovery of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in a Canadian cow and the subsequent closure of the American border to beef products produced in Canada. … Read More
Health spending continued to increase during Doer's second term; a report in December 2004 indicated that Manitoba's per capita health spending was the highest in Canada for the seventh continuous year. … Read More
2005 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2005, Doer signed a $176 million deal with the federal government of Paul Martin to expand the provincial day-care sector.
For the first seven years of his administration, Doer was assisted on financial matters by Eugene Kostyra, a cabinet minister from the Pawley government. Kostyra resigned from his position as secretary of Manitoba's Community and Economic Development Committee in late 2006, and Angela Mathieson was appointed as his replacement.
In response to criticism, Doer withdrew his support for OlyWest in 2007. … Read More


In late January 2008, he agreed to a blueprint proposal with the premiers of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec for a market-based trading system to cut greenhouse gas emissions. … Read More
Doer's government tabled legislation in 2009 to provide civilian oversight of police officers in Manitoba, following an inquiry into the death of Crystal Taman.
2010 62 Years Old Doer's former constituency assistant Matt Wiebe subsequently won the by-election to succeed Doer as MLA for Concordia on March 2, 2010. … Read More
2012 64 Years Old The next year, Doer legislated his province's commitment to meet its targets under the Kyoto Protocol by 2012. … Read More
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