Manitoba political, enterprise leaders mourn MP Jim Carr – Winnipeg

Manitoba political, enterprise leaders mourn MP Jim Carr – Winnipeg

Manitobans from throughout the political spectrum are mourning the dying of a well known native determine.

Manitoba political, enterprise leaders mourn MP Jim Carr – Winnipeg

Jim Carr, who served as MP for Winnipeg South Centre since 2015, died Monday after a protracted battle with a number of myeloma and kidney failure. He was 71.

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Throughout his time in Ottawa, Carr served as Minister of Pure Assets and Minister of Worldwide Commerce Diversification within the authorities of Justin Trudeau. Though he stepped down from his ministerial roles after his most cancers prognosis in 2019, Carr was named because the prime minister’s particular consultant to the Prairies, and returned to cupboard as a Minister with out Portfolio in 2021.

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Saint Boniface—Saint Important MP Dan Vandal, a buddy and colleague of Carr’s, mentioned in a press release Monday afternoon that Carr was a mentor to him.

“Jim was a loving husband and father and a loyal Parliamentarian,” Vandal mentioned.

“I had the pleasure to work with Jim for a few years and there was no yet another devoted to his metropolis of Winnipeg, his beloved province of Manitoba and to his nation – the prairies was really Jim’s ardour.

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“As he mentioned final week within the Home of Commons when his Invoice C-235 handed third studying, he beloved each sq. inch of this nation, and he proved it not solely in his work, however in his day by day life.

“The world has misplaced a large in the present day – a real statesman. My ideas are along with his household, associates and family members at this very tough time.”

Winnipeg North MP Kevin Lamoureux, who known as Carr a “expensive buddy”, advised World Information that they had labored collectively in Ottawa for years, however first met in provincial politics greater than three a long time in the past.

“I’ve had the privilege of realizing Jim for a few years,” Lamoureux mentioned.

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“We have been truly (each) first elected again in 1988… again then Jim impressed me. Whether or not it was 30-plus years in the past or simply final week, Jim evokes.

“He was a real Winnipegger, somebody I’m very, very proud to have known as a buddy. Even within the darkest moments, he might present the silver lining and make you are feeling good.”

Lamoureux mentioned whereas Carr’s associates and colleagues had identified he was sick for years, his dying Monday got here as a shock to Parliament.

Earlier than venturing into federal politics, Carr was a Liberal MLA within the Manitoba legislature from 1988 to 1992, representing Tuxedo, then Crescentwood.

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson supplied her condolences to Carr’s household in a tweet, which additionally highlighted his legacy of assist for his neighborhood.

“I all the time admired his unfailing dedication to the betterment of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Canada,” the premier wrote.

Provincial social gathering leaders Wab Kinew (NDP) and Dougald Lamont (Liberal) additionally tweeted out condolences, and as Monday afternoon progressed, Carr’s colleagues, admirers and counterparts from all ranges of presidency — inside and outdoors of Manitoba did the identical.

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After resigning his seat in 1992, Carr moved on to plenty of high-profile roles, together with as president and CEO of the Enterprise Council of Manitoba, which he co-founded.

Carr gained his Winnipeg South Centre seat by a big margin in 2015, and was recognized with most cancers the day after his 2019 re-election. He was re-elected to a 3rd time period in 2021.

A press release from Carr’s household Monday mentioned he had been present process dialysis therapies and chemotherapy over the course of his sickness, and he additionally obtained a bone marrow transplant.

His constituency workplace on Corydon Avenue will stay open till a brand new MP is elected.

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