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Chretien gets honorary doctor of laws degree from Winnipeg university

Jean Chretien will be granted an honorary doctor of laws at the University of Winnipeg spring convocation. Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Former prime minister Jean Chretien will be granted an honorary degree at the spring convocation of the University of Winnipeg.

Chretien will be made an honorary doctor of laws on June 12, the university said in a news release that calls him “one of Canada’s most successful political leaders.”

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Other recipients will include David Moroni, dancer and founder of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s professional division; Robert J. Sawyer, best-selling science fiction author; and John and Bonnie Buhler, entrepreneurs who are among Winnipeg’s leading philanthropists.

University president Lloyd Axworthy calls all five extraordinary people who “remind us that it is often those from humble beginnings who grow to shape our communities and leave a lasting legacy.”

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