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David Johnston to remain Governor General until 2017

Posted in Talking Politics

Published on March 20, 2015 with No Comments


Governor General David Johnston will be front and centre during Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday celebrations.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced  that Johnston has accepted his invitation to remain in office until September 2017 — an “extended term” that, he noted, “will cover many of the events celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.”

While there is no fixed term for the post, the average tenure at Rideau Hall has been approximately five years, a milestone Johnston, who was appointed in 2010, will reach in October.

In a written statement, Harper praised Johnston as an “exceptional” Governor General.“His Excellency has accepted the Prime Minister’s invitation to remain in office for this extended term, which will cover many of the events celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.During his time as Governor General, David Johnston has been an energetic promoter of a smart and caring nation, with a focus on innovation, education, volunteerism, philanthropy and active living, which was part of his call to service in his installation speech. He has also been a tremendous ambassador for Canada both on his official travels to South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States, as well as here at home, including hosting four Royal Tours.He and his wife, Sharon Johnston, have regularly opened their home and the grounds at Rideau Hall to Canadians by hosting concerts, movie nights and skating parties on the rink located at the official residence.”


“I look forward to him continuing his fine work in this critical role.”


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