Saturday, April 3, 2010

CANADA:Harper Seeks to Replace Haitian-Canadian Michaelle Jean, Says Report

Governor General Michaelle Jean fights back tears as she addresses a women's group Tuesday March 9, 2010 in Jacmel, Haiti. Jean was on a two-day visit of her home country for her first visit since the devastating earthquake.

TORONTO — A report says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided not to extend Michaelle Jean's five-year term as governor general.

Jean has been the Queen's representative in Canada since September 2005, and the Toronto Star reported Saturday that Harper was actively seeking her replacement.

The prime minister's office declined to comment on the report.

The Star quoted a source as saying that Rick Hansen has been approached about taking the job, but the wheelchair athlete wasn't interested.

Hansen put spinal cord injuries on the public agenda 25 years ago with his Man in Motion world tour, and is reportedly intent on continuing his life's work of raising money for spinal cord research.

He could not be reached for comment.

The paper also reported that John de Chastelain, a former chief of defence staff and Canadian ambassador to the United States, is on Harper's short list of candidates to succeed Jean.

- The Canadian Press


Source: CTV

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