David Johnston sworn in as GG

Pledges to focus his efforts on families, education and volunteerism

David Johnston was sworn in on Friday as Canada’s newest Governor General. In his first speech as GG, Johnston urged Canadians to build “a smart and caring nation,” and promised to focus his efforts on promoting families, education and volunteerism. Johnston’s role as vice-regal follows a distinguished academic career, which until recently had him serving as president of the University of Waterloo. “David Johnston has been driven by the intense belief that service is not merely an option. It is a duty, an obligation of the heart that honour compels a man to accept,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said. “He holds it to be so whether the beneficiaries are his large and devoted family, the institutions at which he has worked, the wider communities in which he has lived or the country that he loves.”

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