Roland Michener


Daniel Roland Michener PC CC CMM OOnt CD QC FRHSC(hon), commonly known as Roland Michener, was a Canadian lawyer, politician, and diplomat who served as Governor General of Canada, the 20th since Canadian Confederation. Michener was born and educated in Alberta, where, after serving briefly in the Royal Air Force, he acquired a university degree. He then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, playing hockey there, and obtaining his two masters degrees.… Read More

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1900 Birth Born on April 19, 1900.


1927 27 Years Old On February 26, 1927, in St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church (where future Governor General Adrienne Clarkson later worshipped), Michener married Norah Willis and the couple had three daughters.


1943 43 Years Old Michener first ran for political office in Ontario's 1943 election as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of St. David, but was defeated by William Dennison of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (Ontario Section) (CCF).
1945 45 Years Old Michener made an attempt to win the district again in the election that followed in 1945 and was successful in defeating Dennison, taking his seat in the Legislative Assembly. … Read More
1948 48 Years Old However, after Dennison was again victorious in the 1948 provincial election, Michener decided to leave provincial politics for the federal variant.
1949 49 Years Old The 1949 federal election was Michener's first try for the House of Commons in Ottawa, but, as with his first attempt at the Ontario legislature, he was unsuccessful.


1953 53 Years Old It was not until the election of 1953 that Michener finally was elected as the Progressive Conservative (PC) Member of Parliament for St. Paul's. Three years later, the PC party elected at its leadership convention John Diefenbaker as leader, who subsequently led the Tories to a minority win in the election of 1957 and was appointed as prime minister. … Read More
1957 57 Years Old …  Subsequently, Michener returned to Canada and worked as a lawyer before entering politics, first in the provincial sphere and later in the federal; Michener was elected to the House of Commons in 1957, where-after he served as speaker of the house until 1962 and then in diplomatic postings between 1964 and 1967. … Read More
1959 59 Years Old From this position, Michener angered Diefenbaker by allowing the loyal opposition a great degree of latitude during Question Period, so much so that at one point, on May 25, 1959, Diefenbaker became so flustered that he refused to sit down when called to order by Michener. … Read More


1962 - 1964 3 More Events
1967 67 Years Old 1 More Event
Michener was immediately recalled from India and it was on March 29, 1967, announced from the Office of the Prime Minister that Queen Elizabeth II had, by commission under the royal sign-manual and Great Seal of Canada, approved Pearson's choice of Michener to succeed Georges Vanier as the Queen's representative. … Read More
1971 71 Years Old Another first was Michener's state visit in 1971 to Trinidad and Tobago; while King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II had both carried out state visits on behalf of Canada and previous governors general had made official visits abroad, no Canadian governor general had ever previously undertaken such a trip. … Read More
1973 73 Years Old 1 More Event
Further, he fostered links between his position and his provincial counterparts by initiating periodic meetings with the lieutenant governors of the provinces, starting in 1973. … Read More
1987 87 Years Old …  She died in Toronto on January 12, 1987, and Michener followed on August 6, 1991. … Read More
1990 90 Years Old In 1990, he also agreed to allow his name to be used by The Michener Institute.
1991 91 Years Old He subsequently served on various corporate and charitable boards and sat as Chancellor of Queen's University before he died on August 6, 1991. … Read More
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