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Justin Trudeau says next GG will ‘reflect the diversity of Canada’

Justin Trudeau says next GG will ‘reflect the diversity of Canada’

PM references his ‘because it’s 2015’ comment when discussing choice of who will come next

By Ramisha Farooq, CBC News Posted: Feb 12, 2016 3:12 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 13, 2016 3:43 PM ET

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Power & Politics Top 3: February 12 6:08

 In a Friday announcement in Toronto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted at the nature of the coming change-up in the governor general’s office.

Trudeau said the next appointment would express Canada’s diversity and referenced the answer he gave last November when he was asked why he created a cabinet with equal number of men and women.

“I suspect I might be saying ‘because it’s 2017’ when the time for that decision [on the Governor General] comes around to be explained,” he said.

“I can reassure you, I will take into account the nature of Canada and the desire of Canadians to see institutions and appointments across the government that reflect the diversity of Canada,” said Trudeau. 

“We appoint people who look like Canada, who understand the extraordinary diversity of Canada and highlight the amazing fact that Canada is one of the few (places) in the world that is made stronger because of its differences.”

Trudeau commended current Gov. Gen. David Johnston on the work he’s done to represent Canada, push innovation and work on youth issues.

“He’s doing an exceptional job and I’m proud to have him as our Governor General,” said Trudeau, noting that he’ll have big shoes to fill when the time comes.

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