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  Weekly Feature: (August 26, 2005)
 

 

The present flag of the Governor General was adopted in 1981. It features a crowned lion holding a red maple leaf.Canada's Next Governor General
Paul's Weekly Feature

 

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.

REFERENCES

The Province   -  August 4, 5, 8, 2005.
National Post   -  August 4, 2005.

Links for more information:

Governor General of Canada

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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