Wednesday, 6 October 2010

David Johnston: Governor General AND Queen's Representative

"I begin by saying thank you to Her Majesty the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Canadian people for this call to service. My wife and I accept it with joy - as we contemplate the role of Canada in the years ahead - and with gratitude at the opportunity to serve as the Queen's representative in Canada."  And, with these words, the Right Honourable David Johnston began his first speech as Canada's 28th Governor General. 

Yours truly had the fortunate honour of attending Professor Johnston's Installation Ceremony this past Friday.  Seated in the Senate chamber beside our Vancouver branch chairman Keith Roy, I was treated to a ceremony rich in tradition and symbolism.  But, one thing more than anything else stood out to me.  That was the numerous references to and praises for The Queen.

Whereas in the past, some have attempted to hide or downplay the fact that the Governor General is indeed the representative of the Queen of Canada, today there seems to be a real desire to highlight this consitutional reality.  This is one of the good things that came out of the whole head of state fiasco a year ago.

The royalty-friendly ceremony didn't go unnoticed by the media, either, as this piece in the Sun chain demonstrates.

How refreshing to know that the new vice-regal is no longer just the Governor General.  He's once again the Queen's Representative!

The Governor General's website contains an excellent photo gallery and video gallery of the Installation Ceremony.  Be sure to check them out.

Until next time,
Robert / The D.C.

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