27 September 2005

The Queen's new representative

Today Her Excellency, Mme. Michaëlle Jean, was sworn in as 27th Governor General of Canada in the Senate chamber. In 1952 Vincent Massey became the first Canadian-born governor general, thereby establishing a convention governing future vice-regal appointments — one that would endure to the end of the century. In 1999 a new convention was established whereby all future governors general must be foreign-born female CBC journalists. If Barbara Frum had lived longer, she'd have been a shoo-in.

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