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David Johnston: The 28th Governor General of Canada


Catalogue Number:  CTV490
Producer:  CTV
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Studies, History, Politics, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2010
Running Time:  14:18


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Canada is a "barn raising" nation with a strong history of neighbours looking out for each other, said Canada's new Governor General David Johnston in one of his first sit-down interviews since assuming the role. Johnston, who was sworn in as Canada's 28th Governor General on October 1st, 2010 told CTV's Canada AM it's a characteristic that has shaped Canada in the past and will keep it strong in the future.

Johnston, who succeeded former governor general Michaelle Jean in the role, has a long and successful career in academia and has worked with both the Conservatives and Liberals on various projects. In his inaugural speech, Johnston outlined his plans to make families, education and volunteerism the focus during his time at Rideau Hall. "The broad theme is a smart and caring nation -- two adjectives each powerful and important. And under that we have three pillars, the first is family and children, the second is learning and innovation and the third is philanthropy and volunteerism." This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Canada's newest Govenor General as well as getting a brief glimpse of the swearing-in ceremony. A great resource for History and Social Studies classes to help students understand the role of the Governor General.


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