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The blog space of Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean.

Statement, January 12, 2018

Philippe Duhamel

"As January 12, marks the commemoration of the earthquake that devastated Haiti 8 years ago, it was so disturbing to hear President Trump's comments reported all over the news calling my poor native land and African countries "shithole" nations. It is such an insult before Humanity. For the First Representative of the United States of America to speak in such a manner is quite troubling and offensive."

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At the Convergence of Histories, Seeing Obama Again

Philippe Duhamel

Barack Obama was elected President of the United States in November 2008. As is customary, his first visit to a foreign country was in Canada. February 2009. At the time, pictures of the two of us on the tarmac of the Ottawa airport were broadcast around the world. People have often asked me about the smile on our faces. 

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Congratulations to the Métis and Friends on the Daniels v. Canada Supreme Court Decision

Philippe Duhamel

I had met with Métis leaders in my days as Governor General. They told me all about their hopes that one day, they would see their rights stand tall and recognized before history. I immediately sympathized and was happy to share some of the path they walked on that long journey. 

On my last trip home to Canada, I was profoundly moved by breaking news of the Daniels v. Canada decision, as I felt its deep historical resonance, tremendous significance and great potential. So I wanted to congratulate the men and women behind this landmark decision.

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