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Reform Party founder Preston Manning to receive honorary degree

June 1, 2010

TORONTO, ON. – The University of Toronto will award renowned Canadian politician Preston Manning on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 10 a.m. with an honorary doctor of laws degree in recognition of his contributions to politics and public policy in Canada as well as his advocacy for science, technology, and innovation.

Preston Manning served as a Member of the Canadian Parliament from 1993 to 2001.  During this time he founded two political parties – the Reform Party of Canada and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance – both of which became the official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament. Manning served as Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000 and was also his party’s critic for Science and Technology. In 2007 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Manning has served as a Distinguished Visitor of both the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto. Currently, he is Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute and President and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy. He continues to write, speak, and teach on a variety of subjects including the revitalization of democracy and Canadian conservatism, strengthening relations between the scientific and political communities, the application of market mechanisms to environmental conservation, and the management of the interface between faith and politics.

Members of the media are invited to attend the convocation ceremony, but seating is very limited and advance confirmation of attendance is required. Please RSVP to U of T media relations at 416-978-0100 no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2.

WHAT:    Preston Manning to receive honorary degree at spring convocation.

WHEN:    Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 10 a.m. Media need to RSVP in advance and should arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. to ensure seating.

WHERE:  University of Toronto, Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle.

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For more information and to RSVP:

contact media relations at 416-978-0100