Governor General David Johnston will be up in September 2017. (Photo: The Canadian Press)
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Johnston, Canada's 28th governor general, was appointed in 2010 after a committee proposed a list of names to then-prime minister Stephen Harper. Two years later, Harper struck a formal panel to advise on future vice-regal appointments and Trudeau said he'll review that system before deciding on how he'll go forward. "I'm not going to change things just to reinvent the wheel," he said. "If there is a good process that we can improve by making more open and transparent and more diverse, that I will probably do." Johnston's term should have ended in 2015 but it was extended by Harper ahead of that year's election. Among the projects he's worked on during his time in office has been expanding the reach of the country's honours system, including the Order of Canada, which celebrates its own 50th anniversary in 2017.
The motto for that award — they desire a better country — is a fitting motto for the nation's birthday celebrations as all Canadians desire a better country, Johnston said. "We're so fortunate to live in Canada, but there's so much more work to do," he said. "Let's ensure this is a country of both excellence and equality of opportunity for all. Let's work towards achieving reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples. Let's continue to celebrate diversity. It's a strength, one that has allowed us to build a society that is the envy of the world."
“We're so fortunate to live in Canada, but there's so much more work to do.”
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