One of the best known journalists in Quebec was appointed yesterday to
the post of Governor-General. Michaëlle Jean has been the host of The
Passionate Eye and Rough Cuts for the last five years and has won
numerous prizes for her efforts throughout. Hailing from Haiti, the
poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, her family fled the
dictatorship in 1967 when she was only 11 years old. Michaelle now
speaks five languages and is one of Canada’s most accomplished
journalists. Despite her qualifications, one can only guess at the
political reasons for this appointment – the Liberal minority
government has had a loss of support in Quebec since damage by
scandals and a federal election looms on the horizon of next year.

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