Jean. The new General Governor of Canada
should be all happy and rejoicing that A Black woman has been appointed
Governor General of Canada. Michelle
Jean will be an inspiration to all. At
48 years, this appointment is a marvelous one.
The Prime Minister has covered 4 important bases before the next
election expected in months.
Black, a Woman, A Quebecois, and from the Caribbean - Haitian.
What ever his motives were, I think it is a great appointment.
look at the other side. The
Liberal Party is in political trouble in Quebec, if this appointment is
accepted for what it is, it will be a win win situation for all Canadians.
there are any concerns about Michelle Jean, it is the fact that she is
succeeding Adrianne Clarkson who has lifted the office of Governor General
to new heights. The Prime
Minister in confirming Michelle Jeanís appointment said that she is an
impressive woman taking a new place in the country's immigrant history and
declaring that Michelle Jeanís story is Canadaís story.
The Governor General Designate is who we are and what we want to be
as Canadians. Certainly from
my point of view she is a success story, even if, it is one known only in
Quebec. She is Elegant, she
is cultured, multilingual, a mother and a wife with an active social
conscience, she will set, like her predecessor, a high standard, and, in
time, will prove an inspired choice.
at this level tell as much about those choosing as those chosen and this
one reveals plenty about the Government and our National problems. Along
with sending the message to immigrants everywhere that Canada belongs to
everyone, Martin is also communicating other signals to Quebec.
Whether it is thanking the ethnics for tilting the last sovereignty
vote or reminding them that Canada will need them in the not to distant
future when a next sovereignty vote is expected.
being said Ottawa is striving to embrace diversity in its highest office.
All four counts the signals has been well received so we must celebrate
Michelle Jean and let her know not only the Blacks but all of Canada is
behind her and is rooting for her success.
name is Clyde Mc Neil for viewpoint CHIN Radio Ė August 6, 2005.