Thursday, July 08, 2010
David Johnson was Principal of McGill when I went to McGill medical school. He also stuck me asa dignified and honourable man. I congratulate on becoming HM Governor General. I also congratulate Mme Jean for her service to the Canadian Crown. I think she has really grown into the role. I personally would have preferred Senator Hugh Segal, a staunch Monarchist, but this is also a good choice. Johnson is a constitutional expert like HM the Queen. I missed hi at the dinner Monday. That's where the photo was taken.
"My wife and I have always believed that service, whether it is to family, community, university or country is our highest calling," said Johnston in a speech Thursday. "We are proud to have this opportunity to serve Canada and our fellow citizens.
"As the representative of the Queen of Canada, who is our country's head of state, I pledge to be a stalwart defender of our Canadian heritage, of Canadian institutions, and of the Canadian people."
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper Thursday praised his governor general designate David Johnston for his exemplary public service and distinguished academic record.
QMI Agency reported late Wednesday night that Johnston was Harper’s pick.
“David Johnston represents the best of Canada,” Harper said in a statement.
“He represents hard work, dedication, public service and humility. I am confident he will continue to embody these traits in his new role as the Crown’s representative in Canada.”