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Richard Foot
Journalist with the National Post

... constitutional scholars say the governor-general is an institution in decline, not because of a growing republican spirit here, but thanks instead to a string of poor and partisan appointments and an office that demands individuals of the highest calibre. A governor-general must command the respect of of all political parties and also win the hearts of Canadians if they are to prove a success.

Sep. 9, 1999 - from "Challenge for Clarkson is to win hearts of Canadians", published in the National Post