Bring back David Johnston as governor general
Re: Who does Canada want as its next governor general? Jan. 23.
Would it not be nice if we could get our dear former governor general, David Johnston, back? He is already getting all the perks so we would save a bit and have a governor general who definitely did Canada proud.
He encouraged all Canadians in building a smarter and caring nation. He encouraged all to reinforce learning and volunteering. He was totally respectful, truly enjoyed people and cared about his role. He would definitely help us feel a little safer and happier in these trying times.
I realize he is 79 but if the new U.S. president, Joe Biden, can take office at 78, I truly believe Johnston should come back. We need him.
Brenda Houle, Ottawa
How about Plummer or Chuvalo?
Re: Who could be the next governor general? Jan. 22.
I enjoyed reading Tristin Hopper’s tongue-in-cheek article about choosing the next governor general, but I think that Christopher Plummer deserves serious consideration. Even at 91 years of age, he still seems to be able to play any role with consummate professionalism.
My own suggestion for a governor general would be George Chuvalo. He is a great Canadian and a gentleman. He is only in his early 80s, and during his lifetime he has proved that in a good fight he can stand up against the best that the U.S. can offer.
John E. Rutherford, Gatineau
Don’t let Trudeau off the hook in Payette affair
Re: Payette’s pension is a royal ripoff, Jan. 26.
Kelly Egan was correct. However, he should have directed his criticism at the prime minister who: 1) should have been aware of the full costs of appointing a governor general; and 2) set aside and ignored the vetting process that had been in place.
Wray Koepke, Ottawa
Dog got more consideration than human
Re: Neighbourhood reunites homeless man with dog, Jan. 25.
Does no one else see the irony in Wellington area inhabitants being more than willing to take in Paul Brown’s dog for the night, while he himself is often “roughing it outside”? A sad comment on our pet-obsessed society.
Mary Larose, Aylmer
Langevin was hardly the only guilty party
Ottawa Council has been asked rename Langevin Street due to Hector Langevin’s role in the expansion of the residential school system after Confederation. Council should consider several issues.
One is that Langevin expanded an existing system and prime ministers after John A. Macdonald maintained it and expanded it further. Another is that other politicians did things to First Nations that were even worse.
One of Macdonald’s Conservative successors made attendance compulsory, for instance. Laurier ignored the strong advice of the government’s chief medical adviser, resulting in thousands of Indigenous children dying from TB. Under Mackenzie King, experiments were done on residential school children at the same time Nazis were being tried for the similar crimes. And Pierre Trudeau’s 1969 White Paper tried to eliminate First Nations reserves and treaty rights.
Council should leave the name alone or, to be politically neutral, remove the names of other politicians who did worse things to First Nations. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission did not recommend changing names, possibly because doing so undermines support for the real changes that remain to be done.
Ed Whitcomb, Ottawa (author of Understanding First Nations: The Legacy of Canadian Colonialism)