The Hemisphere: Native Son

Alone among the major dominions of the British Empire, Canada has never had one of her own citizens as sovereign representative of the Crown; since confederation in 1867, the post of Governor General has been held by 17 successive British peers. Many older Canadians felt that this was as it should be, that the exercise of the King's constitutional functions by a distinguished Briton was a strong link in the Empire.

But along with Canada's developing national consciousness, the feeling grew that sooner or later, precedent would have to be broken. Last week it was. On Ottawa's recommendation, an announcement from...

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