Manitoba Premier Gary Doer Stepping Down
WINNIPEG - Premier Gary Doer will be stepping down this fall, ending his reign as Canada's longest-serving current premier.
At a hastily called news conference this morning, Doer said he won't run in the next provincial election in Oct. 2011.
He did not give an exact date for his resignation, but a press release indicated it would take place in the fall, after a replacement is chosen.
After 10 years as premier, the time is right for renewal, he said.
"I had planned to step down in and around this 10-year period," he said. "I’m a believer that if you ever have a chance to go out on your own timing, do it. Not everyone has the privilege of doing that. I’ve seen people not leave of their own accord."
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