The wonderful thing about being Canadian is thatdespite our blemished history, we have shown weare capable of change. Attitudes in Canada dontstay entrenched. Her appointment was called areflection of the diversity and inclusiveness ofour society. Like sunlight through a window,Adrienne Clarkson has smoothly transcended theshadows of the cold, hardlined, 1940s Canada shewas raised in, only to lead Canadian diversityinto the third millennium.
Nearly denied entryinto Canada because of a law prohibiting Chineseentry into Canada, Clarkson has become the epitomeof the successful Canadian immigrant. With thefiring of artillery salutes and a flypast of CF-18fighter jets, Mme Clarkson was installed asCanadas 26th Governor General andCommander-in-Chief in a Parliament Hill Ceremonyon October 7, 1999, becoming the first visibleminority and first immigrant to be appointed tothe Vice Regal post.Stressing a sense offorgiveness and wholeness as characteristics ofCanada, the new Governor General mentioned GrandChief John Kellys view of the circle of theOjibway expanding as Canadians of diversebackgrounds entered it. Her Excellency continuedby suggesting That the aboriginal circle enlargesto include all of us native and immigrant arrivingby boat and plane to a vast and beautiful landKnown for her outspokenness on issues such ascultural nationalism, Clarkson is only the secondwoman to be named Governor General and the firstin twenty years to come from outside politicalranks. Clarkson brings to the forefront a strongsense of nationalism, and personal pride in herown ethnicity. Her Canada is encompassing ofAboriginals and immigrants, English and French,East and West, and not only praises theircontributions to Canada as a multiethnic society,but is representative of each and every one.
Mostimportantly, she is the truest example of thecultural diversity of her adopted Canada, on bothnational and individual levels. Through hersignificant achievements in her journalisticcareer, Clarkson has been unwavering herdeterminism to build cultural awareness in Canada.Clarkson exemplifies Canadians, encouragesacceptance of all peoples, and as a politicalfigure, will continue to affect change encourageprogress and celebration of Canadas diverseethnocultural society.Bibliography: n/a.