Maj-Gen Vanier was installed as GOVERNOR GENERAL on 15 September 1959. His years in office were turbulent ones because of a difficult economic situation, a succession of MINORITY GOVERNMENTS, and the rise of violence and SEPARATISM in Québec. But he won the affection and admiration of Canadians by his concern, manifested in his inspiring public addresses and wide travels across the country, for the poor and the humble, for youth and for the family. A tall, impressive man who moved with great dignity and composure, he was profoundly religious and brought a spiritual and moral dimension to his office. His wife Pauline (née Archer) won equal respect and contributed much to the success of his term.
Author JACQUES MONET, S.J.
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