Adrienne Clarkson Essay, Research Paper
The fantastic thing about being Canadian is that despite
our blemished history, we have shown we are capable of
alteration. Attitudes in Canada Don? t stay entrenched. ?
( Adrienne Clarkson )
Her assignment was called a? contemplation of the diverseness and inclusiveness of our society. ? Like sunshine through a window, Adrienne Clarkson has swimmingly transcended the shadows of the cold, hardlined, 1940s Canada she was raised in, merely to take Canadian diverseness into the 3rd millenary. About denied entry into Canada because of a jurisprudence forbiding Chinese entry into Canada, Clarkson has become the prototype of the successful Canadian immigrant. With the fire of heavy weapon salutations and a flyover of CF-18 combatant jets, Mme Clarkson was installed as Canada? s 26th Governor General and Commander-in-Chief in a Parliament Hill Ceremony on October 7, 1999, going the first seeable minority and first immigrant to be appointed to the Vice Regal station. Stressing a sense of forgiveness and integrity as features of Canada, the new Governor General mentioned Grand Chief John Kelly? s position of the circle of the Ojibway spread outing
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 Canada?s diverse ethnocultural society.