Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff Calls on Stephen Harper to Extend the Term of Governor General Michaëlle Jean « The Canadian Headlines Newspaper
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff today called on Stephen Harper to extend the term of Governor General Michaëlle Jean when her current five-year term expires in September.
Mr. Ignatieff was consulted by the Canadian Secretary to the Queen at the request of the Prime Minister for suggestions on a successor to Ms. Jean. Mr. Ignatieff strongly urged, instead, that Ms. Jean’s term be extended.
“Michaëlle Jean has served her country with distinction and honour.” said Mr. Ignatieff. “She deserves our thanks and our gratitude.”
“All Canadians were deeply moved by her strong and passionate performance in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in her homeland of Haiti. Her role in bringing attention to the country and the plight of its people has been significant, profound and needs to be sustained.”
“She has been a powerful advocate of Aboriginal and Arctic people.”
“As a proud Commander-in-Chief, she has stood with our brave men and women serving in Afghanistan.”
“As a francophone woman who overcame great obstacles to get where she is today, and as the first black Canadian appointed as Governor General, I can’t imagine a better role model for young Canadians, particularly young girls,” said Mr. Ignatieff.
Mr. Ignatieff noted that extending the terms of Canadian Governors General has been a common practice in recent times, citing the examples of Roland Michener, Jeanne Sauvé and Adrienne Clarkson.
“Ms. Jean has done a superb job. I am calling on Stephen Harper to reconsider his decision to replace her,” Mr. Ignatieff concluded.
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