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Letter: New GG gets two thumbs up

FILE PHOTO: Canadian astronaut Julie Payette smiles as she is introduced to employees as she arrives at the Canadian Space Agency Friday August 28, 2009 in Longueuil, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
FILE PHOTO: Canadian astronaut Julie Payette smiles as she is introduced to employees as she arrives at the Canadian Space Agency Friday August 28, 2009 in Longueuil, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

From 1867 to 1952, Canada’s governor general was chosen by the sovereign, and the person chosen was always a British aristocrat. Since 1952, Canada could — without consulting with the British prime minister — recommend to the sovereign a single name. Since that time, all governors general have been and must be Canadian citizens.

It is not my intention to list the merits or shortcomings of previous governors general. Suffice it to say that several caused the raising of many eyebrows; Michaëlle Jean, Adrienne Clarkson and Jeanne Sauvé would top the list.

The latest appointment of Canada's 29th Governor General, Julie Payette, will no doubt meet with the approval of the majority of Canadians. Astronaut, engineer, scientific broadcaster and corporate director. In addition, she is truly Canadian and worthy of the appointment.

 

Colin Haynes
St. John’s

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