Next Governor General
Canadaís Prime Minister,
Paul Martin, named Michaelle Jean as the countryís next
Governor General. Toward the end of next month, September
2005, Ms. Jean will take over from Canadaís retiring Governor
General, Adrienne Clarkson.
As the next Queen of
Englandís representative in Canada, Ms. Jean will also be
playing a strong role in encouraging excellence in Canada and
promoting national unity and national identity.
Michaelle Jean, now 48,
fled at the age of 11 with her parents a brutal dictatorship
in Haiti. The family settled in Quebec. She studied language
and literature at the University of Montreal and universities
in Italy, and is fluent in five languages including English,
French, Spanish, Italian, and Haitian Creole.
Ms. Jean has had a
distinguished career in Canada as a journalist, a documentary
maker, and an author, winning awards and earning distinction
for some of her work.
She will become Canada's
first black Governor General and only the third woman to host
the post when she moves later next month, with her husband and
six-year-old daughter, into Rideau Hall, the Governor
Generalís official residence.
Ms. Jean will also be one
of Canadaís youngest Governors General. Asked about her
priorities in her new post, Ms. Jean indicated that while
focusing on promoting national unity and identity, she will
concentrate on reaching out to children and youth, and on
defending the disadvantaged and minority groups.
Despite lacking direct
political experience, considering Ms. Jeanís diversity,
intelligence, background, and objectives, she will undoubtedly
serve Canada well as the 27th Governor General.
- August 4, 5, 8, 2005.
National Post - August 4, 2005.
Links for more information:
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Wikipedia: Governor General of Canada
Role of the Governor General of Canada
Governor GeneralóAn Inspired Choice
Haitian Refugee Becomes Official Face of Canada
Profile of Canada's New Governor General
Next GG's Every Inch a Diplomat
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