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The current Governor General of Canada, the 28th since Canadian Confederation. | Le gouverneur général du Canada depuis le 1er octobre 2010.


David Johnston Biography



David Lloyd Johnston CC CMM COM CD FRSC(hon) (born June 28, 1941) is a Canadian academic, author and statesman who is the current Governor General of Canada, the 28th since Canadian Confederation.


Johnston was born and raised in Ontario, studying there before enrolling at Harvard University and later Cambridge and Queen's Universities. He then went on to work as a professor at various post-secondary institutions in Canada, eventually serving administrative roles as dean of law at the University of Western Ontario, principal of McGill University, and president of the University of Waterloo. At the same time, Johnston involved himself with politics and public service, moderating political debates and chairing commissions in both the federal and provincial spheres, his most renowned position in that field being the chairmanship of the inquiry into the Airbus affair. He was in 2010 appointed as governor general by Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, on the recommendation of Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, to replace Michaëlle Jean as viceroy. At the time, Johnston was predominantly praised as a worthy choice for the Queen's representative, though his appointment was denounced by Quebec sovereigntists.


As governor general, Johnston is entitled to be styled His Excellency while in office and The Right Honourable for the duration of his viceregal tenure and life beyond. Given current practice, he will be sworn into the Queen's Privy Council for Canada when his term as the Queen's representative ends.


Early life and academic career

Johnston was born in Sudbury, Ontario, to Lloyd Johnston, the owner of a hardware store,and Dorothy Stonehouse. He attended Sault Collegiate Institute in nearby Sault Ste. Marie, where he played under-17 hockey with future National Hockey League members Phil and Tony Esposito,before moving on to Harvard University in 1959.


Johnston has had a long academic career, during which he came to specialise in securities regulation, corporation law, public policy and information technology law. After 1966, he worked for two years as an assistant professor at the Queen's University Faculty of Law and then joined the University of Toronto's law faculty, where he taught until 1974, eventually being promoted to the rank of full professor. Johnston was then appointed as dean of the University of Western Ontario Law School, serving between 1974 and 1979, at which time he was elevated to become the fourteenth Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. It was during his time in that role that he became acquainted with Pierre and Margaret Trudeau, as the Johnston children played with the Trudeau children when the families were at their adjacent cottages in the Laurentians.


Governor General of Canada

On July 8, 2010, the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada announced that Queen Elizabeth II had approved Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recommendation of Johnston to succeed Michaëlle Jean as the Queen's representative. At the time, Harper said of Johnston that he represents "the best of Canada, 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 representative in Canada." Johnston himself said in a press conference that he and his wife had always been dedicated to service and vowed to, while in office, defend Canadian heritage and institutions.


The Queen issued on September 3, 2010, under the royal sign-manual and Great Seal of Canada, her commission naming Johnston as her next Canadian representative and,three days later, Johnston attended an audience with the Queen during a two day stay at Balmoral Castle. At that time he was invested by the monarch as a Commander of both the Order of Military Merit and Order of Merit of the Police Forces.Johnston then announced to the media that there would be a theme to his installation ceremony: A call to service; he elaborated: "This theme of service echoes that of Her Majesty the Queen's 2010 visit 'Honouring the Canadian Record of Service—Past, Present and Future,' and illustrates how the governor general exemplifies the Canadian value of service to community and country.







David Lloyd Johnston (né le 28 juin 1941 à Sudbury) est un universitaire canadien. Il est le président de l'université de Waterloo de 1999 à 2010 et professeur émérite de droit. Il a aussi été le principal et vice-chancelier de l'université McGill de 1979 à 1994. Il est le gouverneur général du Canada depuis le 1er octobre 2010.


Carrière universitaire

En 1966, David Johnston devient professeur adjoint à la faculté de droit de l'université Queen's, où il enseigne pendant deux ans. En 1968 il passe à la faculté de droit de l'université de Toronto, où il est professeur adjoint de 1968 à 1969, associate professor de 1969 à 1972, puis professeur de 1972 à 1974. En 1974, il est nommé doyen de la faculté de droit de l'université de Western Ontario, poste qu'il occupe jusqu'en 1979. Il occupe ensuite le poste de principal et vice-chancelier de l'université McGill pendant quinze ans, de 1979 à 1994 (un poste correspondant à celui de recteur dans une université francophone). De 1994 à 1999, il est professeur à la faculté de droit de l'université McGill. Le 1er juin 1999, il devient le cinquième président de l'université de Waterloo, poste qu'il occupe jusqu'en 2010. Au cours de sa carrière de professeur de droit, il se spécialise dans les domaines de la réglementation financière, du droit des corporations, des politiques publiques et du droit des technologies de l'information.


Gouverneur général

Le 8 juillet 2010, le cabinet du Premier ministre, Stephen Harper annonce que la reine Élisabeth II approuve le choix du Premier ministre de mandater Johnston pour succéder à Michaëlle Jean et devenir le prochain gouverneur général du Canada. Harper a alors dit de Johnston : « Il représente le meilleur du Canada, l'ardeur au travail, le dévouement et l'humilité en affaires publiques. J'ai confiance qu'il conservera ces traits de caractères dans son nouveau rôle en tant que représentant de la reine au Canada. » La confirmation de cette nomination doit être effectuée par le Sénat le 1er octobre 2010.


Johnston a été recommandé pour ce rôle par un comité de recherche extraordinaire convoqué par le Premier ministre et dirigé par Sheila-Marie Cook, secretaire du gouverneur général du Canada. Il est également composé de Kevin MacLeod, secrétaire canadien de la Reine, huissier du Bâton noir du Sénat du Canada, et l'agent principal du protocole au Parlement; Christopher Manfredi, doyen de la Faculté des arts à l'université McGill; Rainer Knopff, politologue à l'université de Calgary; le père Jacques Monet, de l'Institut canadien d'études des Jésuites, et Christopher McCreery, historien et secrétaire particulier du lieutenant gouverneur de la Nouvelle-Écosse.



April 7, 2011

updated: 26.11.2012

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