Queen’s Representative

Meet the first Governor General of the Dominion of Canada, Viscount Monck.

Meet the first Canadian born Governor General of Canada, Vincent Massey.

Meet the newly appointed Governor General of Canada, Michaelle Jean.

The progression of Canadian society since 1867.

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5 thoughts on “Queen’s Representative

  1. Each time a new Governer-General is appointed here in Australia, there's a HUGE backlash about how 'pointless' it all is and why don't we cut the apron strings and become a Republic, blah, blah, blah….Just curious to know if this happens in Canada as well?

  2. Personally, I think we've come a long way and I pleased to see she was chosen. Oh, and to Leigh, no, we don't usually make the same fuss as some Aussies do, although here in Quebec, there's usually discourse, but not this time as Miss Jean is after all a Haitian Quebecker! 😉

  3. I know what you're saying about Ms. Clarkson, Desiree, but I think that maybe she got a harder time than she deserved in the press. Yeah, she was far too good at spending money, but the furore over that prevented us from noticing a lot of good stuff that she did, too. According to my “source in high places”, the former GG herself was quite down to earth and a really nice person … unlike her pompous twit of a husband, who was the driving force behind a lot of the negative stuff. However overall, yes, it was time for a change. Ms. Jean isn't without controversy, but tempest in a teacup, I think. Haven't we all done something controversial or associated with someone controversial at some point in our lives? She has explained where she stands now on those issues and that's good enough for me. Alexandra already answered your question, Leigh, so there's not much for me to add. Perhaps living across the border from a republic keeps any rabid Canadian anti-monarchy types from getting too far out of line! But overall, like Alexandra said, I don't think it's as strong a sentiment here as it is there. Usually the rumblings about a new GG are about who was picked and why, rather than about someone holding the office in general.I agree with your first statement, too, Alexandra, and not just because of her gender and colour. It's her enthusiasm and intelligence that caught my attention. Methinks that she'll breathe new life into the position!Interesting progress indeed, Maria. As old-fashioned as I am in a lot of ways, I rather like living in a society that is progressive in the ways that matter. There's still lots of room for improvement, but I think that overall we're moving in the right direction.

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