Gov. Gen. David Johnston was invested this morning in a ceremony filled with pomp, ceremony and lots and lots of speeches.
Including from Prime Minister Stephen Harper who appointed Johnston to replace the outgoing Michaelle Jean.
In the speech Harper drew attention to the fact that Johnston hasn’t always lived in Canada.
"And, while this son of Sudbury has an all-Canadian heart, I cannot let this moment pass without mentioning that in his youth, he left his mark at one of the world’s great learning institutions. In the early 1960s, he captained Harvard’s hockey team and was twice elected first-team All-American. "
Harper also used the moment to profess Canada’s hockey superiority over the U.S. once more.
"So, I guess when it comes to hockey, the best all-Americans are actually Canadians.," he said to great laughter from the packed Senate chamber.
Earlier this week I noted that Harper’s new chief of staff, Nigel Wright, is also a Harvard graduate. I wondered whether it meant the rhetoric about Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff’s time outside of Canada, including five years teaching at Harvard.
With Harper’s chief political advisor and his choice for GG both having Harvard on their resumes, clearly being educated or having lived outside of Canada for a period of time, isn’t considered to be a negative for all people.
Ignatieff did spend more years outside Canada it seems than Johnston or Wright so I’m not expecting much to change, except you may no longer hear Conservatives tell him to go back to Harvard.