CBC | Mansbridge One on One with Adrienne Clarkson: Ismailis enrich Canada enormously

In 1972, we took 10,000 people who were basically of Indian origin but they were not living in India. They were Muslims and at that time there were only a handful of muslims in this country … they were Ismailis from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. There was never a beep … it just happened … and they all integrated and now they have enriched our lives enormously …

– The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada, in an interview with Peter Mansbridge 

Peter Mansbridge sits down with The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson for a conversation about being a citizen of Canada, from immigration to aboriginal issues, as well as a candid examination on public broadcasting.

MANSBRIDGE ONE ON ONE -  Adrienne Clarkson

Mansbridge One on One – Adrienne Clarkson | Season 16, Episode 4 (22:29) | Sep 28, 2014
Learn more at the source: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV+Shows/Mansbridge+One+on+One/ID/2534350223/

Some notable parts in this episode:

  • (~ 0:00 to 9:35): on being a Canadian
    • (~4:30) Immigration of Ismailis
    • (~6:30) Defining Canada
  • (~21:00) Response to “What is a Canadian”?

About The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson:

The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, PC, CC, CMM, COM, CD, was Canada’s 26th Governor General from 1999-2005. She was the first person not born in Canada to be named to this post.  In 1942 she and her family came to Canada from Hong Kong as refugees of the Second World War. She has had an impressive career in the arts as a journalist, novelist, publisher, public servant and television personality, and has received numerous honorary degrees. Her interest in Canada’s North framed much of her tenure as Governor General as she attempted to forge stronger ties between Canada and northern aboriginal people.  Since her time in office she has published an autobiography, Heart Matters, and co-founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) with her husband, the author and scholar John Ralston Saul.

Global Centre of Pluralism: Board of Directors
Global Centre of Pluralism: Board of Directors
Sitting L to R: Eduardo Stein, former Vice President of the Republic of Guatemala; The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Canada’s 26th Governor General; His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, and Chairman of the Global Centre of Pluralism; Kofi Annan, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations; Princess Zahra Aga Khan, head of the Social Welfare Department of the Aga Khan Development Network and member of the Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University.
Standing L to R: Rudyard Griffiths, social entrepreneur, author and television broadcaster; Azim Nanji Professor and Special Advisor to the Provost, Aga Khan University; Huguette Labelle, Deputy Minister of various Government of Canada departments, Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, Chair of the Board of Transparency International and Board Member of the Aga Khan Museum; Khalil Shariff, CEO – Aga Khan Foundation Canada; Margaret Ogilvie, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Professor at Carleton University; Iain Benson, lawyer, writer, lecturer and consultant on constitutional law and human rights.

About Mansbridge: One on One:

Peter Mansbridge is the chief correspondent of CBC News. He anchors CBC’s flagship nightly news program, The National, and all CBC News specials. He is also host of CBC News Network’s Mansbridge: One on One.

In more than 40 years with CBC News, Mansbridge has provided comprehensive coverage of the most significant stories in Canada and around the world. He’s interviewed countless international leaders.

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And he remains the only Canadian journalist to interview His Highness the Aga Khan twice in addition to interviewing U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron. 

CBC's The National: Promo for Mansbridge One-on-One with the Aga Khan


During a decorated career, Mansbridge has received 12 Gemini Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He has also received nine honorary degrees from universities across the country, and he has also been recognized by leading universities in the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2008, Mansbridge was made an officer of the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean. In 2009, he was named Chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.


Mansbridge One on One with His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan


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