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'I voted for the winner,' Doer jokes before leadership results announced

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WINNIPEG -  Gary Doer will become Canada’s ambassador to the United States at the stroke of midnight Sunday night, the still-premier said in his last media scrum today.

Talking to reporters after casting his ballot for the new leader — but before the results were known — Doer did not reveal who he had voted for except to say: "I voted for the winner."

Joking with reporters, he refused to say more.

"The one interesting thing is on Monday morning whoever is elected premier of the province of Manitoba I’m going to have to work with as ambassador," he said.

Doer said he had a good time at his tribute dinner last night and was proud that both business and labour leaders lauded his government.

He also knew when he was upstaged.

"My daughter completely overshadowed my speech," he said of daughter Emily’s humorous and touching speech. "I’m proud of that. I’m also really proud of the tributes last night to the whole government."

larry.kusch@freepress.mb.ca

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