Indeed, the governor
general not only is the representative of the crown but the symbol of the crown in parliament. He is the linch pin of our whole system of British parliamentary democracy. Beyond his constitutional responsibilities the governor general can wield an immense power and influence for national good and unity, as a rallying point for all Canadians. He can be a stabilizing influence in times of ferment and discord within our country. .
When I say these things I am simply outlining the manner in which the late General Georges P. Vanier carried out his duties. I did
Appointment of Governor General not have an opportunity of saying this at the time of his passing, and I may be pardoned now for the observation I am about to make, that he in his person did more than anyone living to bring about a new concept of unity within our nation.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT OF HON. ROLAND MICHENER