Baranyai: Indigenous Governor General a contradictory, but well-meaning gesture of reconciliation – London Free Press
Jul 30, 2021
The toxic cloud over Rideau Hall has lifted. Until recently, much of the discussion about the Governor General’s office has centred on the prime minister’s judgment, and whether a tarnished colonial institution still has relevance in a modern parliamentary democracy. Abruptly, the focus has shifted to whether the appointee needs to be fluent in French.
The installment this week of Mary Simon as Canada’s 30th Governor General is an undeniable public relations coup — not just in terms of redirecting controversy, but in the long overdue recognition of Indigenous Canadians in the highest positions of leadership. Her appointment is a tangible step toward reconciliation in the midst of a painful reckoning with a racist and violent colonial history.
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