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May 11, 2006 17:27 ET

Governor General Michaelle Jean to Speak at CP Dinner-May 25 in Halifax

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 11, 2006) -

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Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will be the guest of honour at the annual dinner of The Canadian Press in Halifax on Thursday, May 25, 2006 at historic Pier 21.

About our guest speaker:

Canada's 27th Governor General is the perfect choice to address the theme of this year's CP Annual Dinner - Connecting Canadians. Since being sworn in on Sept. 27, 2005, Madame Jean has used her high office to focus attention on breaking down the barriers that continue to separate Canadians, including language, religion, poverty, gender and ethnicity. The vice-regal representative came to Canada with her parents after fleeing Haiti in 1968. She is fluent in five languages and attended universities in Montreal, Florence, Milan and Perugia, Italy.

From 1979 to 1987, she actively worked with Quebec shelters for battered women and contributed to the establishment of a network of emergency shelters throughout Quebec and elsewhere in Canada.

Before being named Governor General, Jean was an award-winning television host and documentary film producer. She hosted CBC Newsworld's The Passionate Eye and Rough Cuts along with RDI's French-language documentary series Grands Reportages. She joined Radio-Canada in 1988, working as a reporter, before hosting and anchoring several shows, including the network's flagship newscast, Le Point.

About our event:

For more than 50 years, the CP Annual Dinner has been a prestigious forum for renowned - and sometimes controversial - speakers. It has hosted prime ministers, governors general, media moguls, famed journalists and international diplomats. From Pierre Trudeau to Robert Kennedy to Conrad Black, they have made remarks ranging from insightful to outrageous, humorous to touching, and sometimes even prophetic.

It has been a much-anticipated event where the leaders of Canada's newspapers, broadcasters, magazines and online sites hear directly from those who shape the country and the world.

A not-for-profit co-operative owned by a wide cross-section of the news media and set up under a charter of Parliament, The Canadian Press fills a vital role as an independent institution serving the country's entire news system.

This year's dinner will be held May 25 at Pier 21 in Halifax as part of National Newspaper Week.

Pier 21 is located at 1055 Marginal Road.

Reception: 6:15 p.m. in the Chrysler Canada Welcome Pavilion

Speech and Dinner: 7:30 p.m. in the Kenneth C. Rowe Heritage Hall

To order individual tickets or reserve tables of 10, please contact Sharon Hockin at 416-507-2137 or

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