the very honourable Adrienne Louise Clarkson , born Poy , (Chinese: 伍冰枝; pinyin: Wǔ Bīngzhī; hakka: Ńg PEN-kî), CP, DC, CM, COM, CD, born the February 10th 1939, was the twenty-sixth general gouverneure of Canada, of 1999 with 2005. It was replaced the September 27th this year by Michaëlle Jean. It is the Asian immigrant first nobody to occupy this station, the first without political career nor soldier, and the second woman after Jeanne Sauvé.
During its studies in Toronto, she married in 1963 Stephen Clarkson, professor of political sciences. She made career as radiojournalist with the English service of Radio-Canada, animating programs such as Take Thirty, Broad Adrienne At, the 5th estate, Adrienne Clarkson' S Summer Festival and Adrienne Clarkson Presents She was president of the editor McClelland & Stewart of 1987 with 1988.
She took a role much more active than other recent general governors. In its role of ordering as a chief of the Canadian Forces, she visited in 2002 a Canadian battalion in Afghanistan, just as of the troops to the Kosovo and in the Persian Gulf.
Its mandate knew expenditure raised for diplomatic voyages abroad. The costs of its circumpolar round in 2003 also sowed the controversy. However, it (and the Foreign Minister) defended themselves while supporting that the round had succeeded in its mission of promoting the bonds between Scandinavian Canada and the other countries, and that the responsibilities for its not elected position and symbolic system were determined by the elected government, which had thus charged it with carrying out this visit.
It is known also for its promotion of arts and the culture, helped by her husband, the philosopher and novelist John Ralston Saul.
Usually, the general governors sit during five years; but the government, with the approval of the queen, asked him to remain in station until September 2005. According to the Toronto-native newspaper the Earth and Email, “the Prime Minister thus wishes to count on a general gouverneure tested to face the prospect for an unstable Parliament where its party is minority. ”
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