I am pleased to welcome you to Rideau Hall this evening. You often come here to observe ceremonies and receptions for the benefit of your readers, listeners, and your television viewers. It is good that you should have your chance to be the guests of honour. For once we will all be able to eat in peace.
To the winner of the Michener Award, I say congratulations. You have earned our respect and that of your colleagues. The media – written or electronic alike – play an important role in the history of a society and you must ensure that it remains free and vibrant. Such a press is a democracy’s strongest asset.
Once again, I extend my warmest congratulations to the winner. Have a great evening!
Thank you – Merci.
His Excellency Edward Schreyer
Governor General of Canada
Rideau Hall, Ottawa
November 3, 1979.
The Michener Award for meritorious and disinterested public service in journalism is the only Canadian journalism award bearing the name of a governor general and it differs from most such awards in that it goes to the organization, not to individuals.