Sam Sullivan was recently appointed as the official ambassador to the 2010 Paralympics
The Toronto Star has a major piece in this morning's paper claiming that Vancouver's former Mayor Sam Sullivan is in the running to become Canada's next Governor General. According to the Star, federal conservative insiders are telling them Sullivan has the core essentials of what it takes to become the Queen's representative in Canada.
Over the last several weeks I've also heard Sullivan's name being bandied about as a possible successor to Michaelle Jean. During his term as Mayor, Sullivan has several occasions to be invited to Rideau Hall to discuss the GG's role in the 2010 Olympics. Jean and Sullivan were not only cordial to each other, they both passionately shared a common interest in the future of Canada as a player on the international stage.
The Star's Petti Fong does a major piece about one of Canada's most famous flag twirlers and states:
He can speak French, Cantonese and Punjabi and internationally, he may be Canada’s most famous flag-waver.
Former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan, known by some critically and others affectionally as Citizen Sam, may add a new title to his roster after being touted as a prospective governor general.
Several sources have told the Star that Sullivan’s name has come up as a potential successor to Michaelle Jean.
“It would be the kiss of death for his chances if anyone acknowledges that he’s in the running,” said one source. “But on paper, he looks near perfect.”
I've known Sam for over a decade and he's one of the most well read individuals I know. He most certainly has his critics, however, no one can deny his passion for helping the under priveleged and people with disabilities. As for whether he'll actually become the next Governor General, I think his chances are quite slim - but it remains a possibility. I know for certain it's not something he is actively pursuing.
Most recently the Prime Minister appointed him as the official ambassador to the 2010 Paralympic Games, a role that he seemed to relish. Sullivan pushed hard during his term as Mayor for the equal treatment of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. He insisted that both flags would fly side by side on the North lawn of City Hall as a symbol of parity between the events.
Fong quotes one source who states:
He may have spent out his political capital, but he doesn’t need political capital to be the GG. He’s done well since leaving politics and still has backing from influential people.
The Prime Minister is expected to announce Canada's next Governor General in the next few months.