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Rideau Hall


The Reception Room

Ramon John Hnatyshyn,
Ramon John HnatyshynGovernor General 1990-1995

The Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn (1934-2002) was a lawyer and a federal Cabinet Minister before his appointment to Rideau Hall. The first person of Ukrainian descent to become Governor General, he worked to promote pride in Canadian multiculturalism.

He and his wife, Gerda, were deeply committed to making Rideau Hall more accessible to visitors. Mrs. Hnatyshyn, in particular, was determined that the official residence should be a showcase for Canadians. The Hnatyshyns also demonstrated a dedicated commitment to cultural activities by establishing the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

Note: A more complete biographical note on Ramon John Hnatyshyn can be accessed through the Governor General's web site following the tour.

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Portrait of Ramon John Hnatyshyn
Artist: Istvan Nyikos
Production: Ottawa, 1994-1996
Acquisition: Commissioned by the Government of Canada, unveiled at Rideau Hall in 1996

Updated: 2019-03-28
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