Adrienne Clarkson new Governor General

from CBC.ca archives | Wed, 8 Sep 1999

OTTAWA - Broadcaster Adrienne Clarkson, who came to Canada as a refugee more than half a century ago, has been appointed the country's new Governor General. She takes over the job Oct. 7.

Clarkson replaces Romeo LeBlanc, 71, who is stepping down early for health reasons.

"Madame Clarkson is admired and respected across Canada, a remarkable Canadian of strong intellect, a profound sense of personal integrity, warmth and humanity," Prime Minister Jean Chretien said when making the announcement in Ottawa Wednesday.

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