I can’t tell you how happy I am to see you here today and to welcome you in this house. I used to be a journalist myself. And I think everyone knows that I still have a soft spot for the profession of journalism, the profession in which I began my career.
To the Vancouver Sun and to the London Free Press, I say congratulations. You have served your profession well. A dynamic and free press is a vital element for any democratic society. Indeed, without such a press there can be no democracy.
The future of our country is partly in your hands. Be very careful with it – and thoughtful – and hopeful.
My wife and I would be happy if you were to join us in a reception in honour of those among you who have been selected.
His Excellency the Right Honourable Jules Léger
Governor General of Canada
Rideau Hall, Ottawa
October 7, 1977