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Saskatchewan Health Authority director resigns over social media posts

Donald Rae resigned Thursday over social media posts mocking Mexicans, the Spanish language and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Donald Rae resigned Thursday over social media posts mocking Mexicans, the Spanish language and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Iain Masterton

A director with the new Saskatchewan Health Authority has resigned over social media posts.

Donald Rae was appointed to Saskatchewan’s new provincial health authority board just over a week ago.

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But he resigned Thursday afternoon over social media posts mocking Mexicans, the Spanish language and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Health Minister Jim Reiter said in a statement that Rae has expressed his regret “and his hope that this will not detract from the work that lies ahead for the new authority.”

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Reiter said the resignation will not delay the implementation of the new board which is supposed to be operational by this fall.

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A health authority profile said Rae founded a series of service companies and is currently the president and CEO of Crusader Drilling Corp.