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Constitutional conference was ‘euphoric,’ says Johnston

The Story

The fifth in a series of Canadian constitutional conferences has just wrapped up in Vancouver. McGill University principal David Johnston, who was given the important task of summing up these conferences in a final report, is thrilled with the results. "For me it was a very euphoric weekend," he tells host Ralph Benmergui in this 1992 TV interview on CBC-TV's Midday. "I think it was a wonderful display of Canadians from all parts of the country coming to deal with the difficult issues."

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Feb. 17, 1992
Guest(s): David Johnston
Host: Ralph Benmergui
Duration: 7:17

Did You know?

• David Johnston was born on June 28, 1941, in Sudbury, Ont.

  • He graduated with a BA from Harvard in 1963. At Harvard, he was captain of the varsity hockey team. He was also friends with writer Erich Segal -- author of the best-selling 1970 novel Love Story -- while at Harvard. It is said that Segal based one of the characters in the book (Davey, the hockey team captain) on Johnston.


• Johnston went on to earn law degrees from England's University of Cambridge as well as Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.


• He married his high school sweetheart, Sharon, in 1965 and the couple went on to have five daughters.


• Johnston was moderator during the memorable 1984 political debate in which Brian Mulroney attacked a flustered John Turner about patronage appointments with the now-famous line "You had an option, sir". 


• In 2007, Johnston was appointed as an independent adviser for the public inquiry into the Airbus affair. 


• In July 2010, it was announced that Johnston would be succeeding Michaëlle Jean as Canada's governor general. 




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