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The wonderful thing about being Canadian is that
despite our blemished history, we have shown we
are capable of change. Attitudes in Canada dont
stay entrenched. Her appointment was called a
reflection of the diversity and inclusiveness of
our society. Like sunlight through a window,
Adrienne Clarkson has smoothly transcended the
shadows of the cold, hardlined, 1940s Canada she
was raised in, only to lead Canadian diversity
into the third millennium. Nearly denied entry
into Canada because of a law prohibiting Chinese
entry into Canada, Clarkson has become the epitome
of the successful Canadian immigrant. With the
firing of artillery salutes and a flypast of CF-18
fighter jets, Mme Clarkson was installed as
Canadas 26th Governor General and
Commander-in-Chief in a Parliament Hill Ceremony
on October 7, 1999, becoming the first visible
minority and first immigrant to be appointed to
the Vice Regal post.

Stressing a sense of
forgiveness and wholeness as characteristics of
Canada, the new Governor General mentioned Grand
Chief John Kellys view of the circle of the
Ojibway expanding as Canadians of diverse
backgrounds entered it. Her Excellency continued
by suggesting That the aboriginal circle enlarges
to include all of us native and immigrant arriving
by boat and plane to a vast and beautiful land
Known for her outspokenness on issues such as
cultural nationalism, Clarkson is only the second
woman to be named Governor General and the first
in twenty years to come from outside political
ranks. Clarkson brings to the forefront a strong
sense of nationalism, and personal pride in her
own ethnicity. Her Canada is encompassing of
Aboriginals and immigrants, English and French,
East and West, and not only praises their
contributions to Canada as a multiethnic society,
but is representative of each and every one. Most
importantly, she is the truest example of the
cultural diversity of her adopted Canada, on both
national and individual levels. Through her
significant achievements in her journalistic
career, Clarkson has been unwavering her
determinism to build cultural awareness in Canada.
Clarkson exemplifies Canadians, encourages
acceptance of all peoples, and as a political
figure, will continue to affect change encourage
progress and celebration of Canadas diverse
ethnocultural society.

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