Governor General promises vast reforms

On today’s date in 1991, former Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn delivered his throne speech, promising the House of Commons and Senate joint committees to study the Constitution, education, Aboriginal affairs and Parliamentary reform.

In 1995, Hnatyshyn was depicted on the Governor General’s Academic Medal. With a bronze gilt, the coin’s obverse shows the right-facing conjoined busts of Hnatyshyn and his wife, Gerda. Inscribed is “GOUVERNEUR GÉNÉRAL – CANADA – GOVERNOR GENERAL” above and “RAMON JOHN HNATYSHYN – GERDA HNATYSHYN” below. The reverse illustrates the coat of arms of Hnatyshyn, who served as governor general between January 1990 and February 1995, with reeded edges on both sides.

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