Manitoba political, enterprise leaders mourn MP Jim Carr – Winnipeg

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

Jim Carr, who served as MP for Winnipeg South Centre since 2015, died Monday after an extended 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 Sources and Minister of Worldwide Commerce Diversification within the authorities of Justin Trudeau. Though he stepped down from his ministerial roles after his most cancers analysis 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 Very important MP Dan Vandal, a good friend and colleague of Carr’s, stated in a press release Monday afternoon that Carr was a mentor to him.

“Jim was a loving husband and father and a faithful Parliamentarian,” Vandal stated.

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

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

Winnipeg North MP Kevin Lamoureux, who referred to as Carr a “expensive good friend”, informed 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 understanding Jim for a few years,” Lamoureux stated.

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“We had been really (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 conjures up.

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

Lamoureux stated whereas Carr’s mates 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 help for his neighborhood.

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

Provincial celebration 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 out of doors of Manitoba did the identical.

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

Carr received 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.

An announcement from Carr’s household Monday stated he had been present process dialysis remedies 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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