Vincent Massey becomes first Canadian-born governor general
In 1952, Vincent Massey became the first Canadian-born individual to represent the British Crown as governor general of Canada. Prior to Massey’s appointment, all of Canada’s governors general had been members of the British peerage and born overseas. Since his appointment, all governors general have been Canadian citizens. Massey firmly believed that the role of the governor general was to strengthen the bond between Canadians and the monarchy. At the same time, he actively encouraged Canadian unity and identity through the promotion of the arts and cultural initiatives.
Each day for 150 days leading up to the opening of the Canadian History Hall, we’re presenting one moment among the many that have shaped our country. Discover more of Canada’s significant historical events in the new Canadian History Hall, opening July 1, 2017.