UWaterloo president next Governor General

Updated: David Johnston to takeover in September


 
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University of Waterloo president, and legal academic, David Johnston has been named to succeed Michaelle Jean as Governor General. The Queen has given her blessing, and a formal announcement is expected Thursday. Johnston will officially accede to the position when Jean’s tenure ends in September.

From CTV News:

Johnston, 69, was born in Sudbury, Ont., and is currently the president of the University of Waterloo. He also served for 15 years as the principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University.

He is a highly educated legal expert, and has studied at Harvard, Cambridge, and Queen’s University in Ontario.

To find the best choice for governor general, Prime Minister Stephen Harper set up a special committee led by Kevin MacLeod, the Canadian Secretary to the Queen and Usher of the Black Rod for the Senate — the most senior protocol position in Parliament.

The committee ruled out sports, entertainment and arts figures, deciding that the next governor general should be well-versed in constitutional matters and parliamentary procedure, in case Canada finds itself in an extended period of minority governments.

“They felt that he would be a good referee because of his legal expertise, but also because of his integrity, backbone and common sense,” Fife told CTV News.

Upate: Johnston’s appointment has been confirmed.


 

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