Today, June 30, 2017 after 30 years, Peter will step down as chief correspondent and anchor of The National. Colleagues, newsmakers, politicians and more pay tribute to Peter Mansbridge's nearly 50 years covering some of the most significant stories from both Canada and around the world.
The video includes messages from many notable Canadians: sports stars Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby, Inuk artist Susan Aglukark, retired news anchor Lloyd Robertson and a handful of prime ministers — Brian Mulroney, Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Justin Trudeau.
Most of the tributes touched on Mansbridge's calm demeanour and his voice. Some of his celebrity well-wishers even gave advice for what to do next; Trudeau suggested he become a voice actor after his role in the Oscar-winning animated film Zootopia.
Mansbridge had an unconventional start in broadcasting: he landed his first radio job at the age of 19 when the then airport ticket agent caught the attention of a CBC station manager in Churchill, Man., while making a flight announcement — someone he thanked during his speech Wednesday.
From his start as a late-night CBC Radio host, he eventually moved into a field reporter role for CBC Radio and then CBC Television. In 1982, he began hosting The National on weekends and occasionally filling in for anchor Knowlton Nash before officially taking over in 1988.
He serves as chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, has received honorary degrees from a host of Canadian universities and was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.
Mansbridge was also inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame and awarded a lifetime achievement honour by the RTDNA.