STATEMENT BY PREMIER GREG SELINGER ON THE PASSING OF BILL NORRIE
Winnipeg and Manitoba have lost a gifted leader of generous spirit with the passing of Bill Norrie, who did so much for the city and province he loved.
I was honoured to serve on Winnipeg city council with Bill. I’ll always remember the way he fully embraced the growing diversity of our city through his tireless efforts to connect with Winnipeggers of all cultural backgrounds.
I will also remember him as an early champion of downtown revitalization efforts. The process started in earnest under his leadership with the Core Area Initiative and has blossomed into something all Manitobans can be proud of.
It was a sign of the widespread respect for his integrity that Bill served as Manitoba’s conflict of interest commissioner from 2002 to 2009. A Rhodes Scholar, I know Bill also delighted in his role as chancellor of the University of Manitoba because it exposed him to the bright young minds of our province.
On behalf of all Manitobans, I extend my deepest condolences to Helen and all the family and friends Bill leaves behind.