Photograph Courtesy of Rideau Hall, Department of National Defence, Government of Canada
Diefenbaker’s Liberal successor, Lester Pearson, appointed Michener high commissioner to India in 1964, where he served until Pearson appointed him Governor General in 1967. He and his wife, Norah, democratized the office (curtailing the curtsey, for example) and were among the busiest and most creative of vice-regal couples. Among his innovations were frequent state visits abroad, periodic meetings with provincial lieutenant-governors, and the establishment of an Honours Secretariat (the Order of Canada having been instituted in 1967) at Rideau Hall. He was selected Queen’s Chancellor when his term as Governor General ended in 1974. He was a good friend of the university and visited Queen’s regularly, even after his retirement in 1980, to attend lectures of the Michener Visitorship, which was established in his honour to bring distinguished French Canadians to Queen’s for lectures and discussions.
Organized through Queen's Department of French Studies