Ray Hnatyshyn

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Ukrainian: Роман Іванович Гнатишин, Roman Ivanovych Hnatyshyn) PC CC CMM CD QC (Can) QC (Sask) FRHSC(hon) (/nəˈtɪʃən/; March 16, 1934  December 18, 2002), commonly known as Ray Hnatyshyn, was a Canadian lawyer and statesman who served as Governor General of Canada, the 24th since Canadian Confederation.

Ray Hnatyshyn
24th Governor General of Canada
In office
January 29, 1990  February 8, 1995
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime Minister
Preceded byJeanne Sauvé
Succeeded byRoméo LeBlanc
Personal details
Ramon John Hnatyshyn

(1934-03-16)March 16, 1934
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
DiedDecember 18, 2002(2002-12-18) (aged 68)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Cause of deathPancreatitis
Resting placeBeechwood Cemetery
Political partyProgressive Conservative Party
(m. 1960)
ChildrenJohn, Carl[1]
Alma materUniversity of Saskatchewan
OccupationPolitician, lawyer

Hnatyshyn was born and educated in Saskatchewan and served in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets prior to being elected to the House of Commons in 1974. On June 4, 1979, Hnatyshyn was sworn into the Queen's Privy Council for Canada[2] and served as a minister of the Crown in two non-successive governments until 1988.

He was appointed governor general by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. He replaced Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé as viceroy, and occupied the post until succeeded by Roméo LeBlanc in 1995. As the Queen's representative, Hnatyshyn proved to be a populist, reversing some exclusive policies of his predecessor, such as opening up Rideau Hall to ordinary Canadians and tourists alike, and was praised for raising the stature of Ukrainian Canadians.

He subsequently practised law and sat as Chancellor of Carleton University before dying of pancreatitis on December 18, 2002.

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