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Many strong Indigenous candidates for Canada’s next governor general, could be inspirational

By Andrew Cardozo       

Let’s have an inspirational governor general. There is a growing view that it's time for an Indigenous governor general in Canada. In this period of reconciliation, this would be positive move.

Former Harper-era cabinet minister Leona Aglukkaq, top left; former Chrétien-era cabinet minister Ethel Blondin-Andrew; former Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette; former AFN national chief Phil Fontaine; Indspire CEO Roberta Jamieson; former Liberal MP Tina Keeper; former N.W.T. premier Bob McLeod, above left; N.W.T. Liberal MP Michael McLeod; Ghislain Picard, chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador; former NDP MP Romeo Saganash; Inuit environmentalist and former ITK president Mary Simon; and federal Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal. The Hill Times files photographs and handouts

The departure of Julie Payette as governor general was sudden and we need a reliable replacement soon. But that should not mean we go back to the default candidate; a white, male, safe bureaucrat. Not to say that a white male is not the right candidate, but let’s have an inspirational governor general, just one who’s less narcissistic than the outgoing one. There is a growing view that it is time for an Indigenous governor general in Canada.

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