We have no way of knowing how history will judge Michaëlle Jean after her term as Governor General expires.
But for most people alive today in Nunavut, their memories of the tour that ended today will survive until the end of their days.
It’s not surprising that various animal rights fanatics are frothing with rage. After manipulating a gullible media for more than three decades, they saw Jean turn their own tactics against them. And there are signs now that the eating of seal meat might turn into a trend.
Meanwhile, Adrienne Clarkson reacts to it all with her customary charm.
Well here’s how it is Adrienne. She’s got it. You don’t. Live with it.
In a column last week, Rex Murphy nails down the values that underly Jean’s approach. The analogy that he uses — the Sonia Sotomayor appointment — may not be entirely apt. But he accurately identifies the sentiment that offers release from the dark prison of identity politics.
Real empathy is the ability to project into the experience or feelings of those unlike ourselves. If you know how someone else feels because they are people of your own set or kind, that knowledge is not empathetic – it’s simple identification.
Ms. Jean was a spectacle of empathy in action this week.