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Harvard takes the hill
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.
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About Mia Rabson
Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.
Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.
She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.
Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.
Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.
In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.
She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.
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