journalist and stateswoman who served as Governor General of Canada
, the 26th since Canadian Confederation
Clarkson arrived in Canada with her family in 1941 as a refugee
from Hong Kong
and was raised in Ottawa
. After receiving a number of university degrees, Clarkson worked as a producer and broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
(CBC) and a journalist for various magazines.
Our problem with the U.S. is not insufficient access; it is debilitating dependence.
As a woman, I fear that the gradual Americanization of our society might mean that I could not get on a subway alone.
European countries are basically tribal. The French, Germans, and Italians are tribes... racism can arise in a country like that. ... We [Canadians] are not a tribe. We are a series, a group, a conglomeration of people. ... That is a positive thing in many ways.
I am above politics.
at Royal Military College of Canada commencement: You will be called upon to take your place in modern Canada and in the modern world.... You will also be called upon to lead...and a leader must stand for something. You must not only be aware of who you are. You must also be defined by what you do.