OTTAWA - The president of the University of Waterloo David Johnston is set to become the next governor general, news reports said late Wednesday.
The Ontario academic will be officially appointed as governor general in September when Michaelle Jean's term officially ends.
The highly educated legal scholar was born in Sudbury, Ont.. He served for 15 years as the principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University.
Johnston, 69, has studied at Harvard, Cambridge, and Queen's University in Ontario.
He wrote the terms of reference for the Oliphant inquiry which examined former prime minister Brian Mulroney's business dealings with German-Canadian arms dealer Karlheinz Schreiber.
He also hosted televised federal leadership debates, including the famous stand-off between Mulroney and then-prime minister John Turner in 1984.
Johnston became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1988, and was made a Companion in 1997.
The Governor General is largely a ceremonial post, but Jean has had weighty decisions to make …
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