Canada's New Governor General, His Excellency David Johnston, Receives His Highness the Aga Khan at Rideau Hall on Thursday, October 7, 2010

Exclusive Photos by John W. MacDonald

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, who became the 28th Governor General of Canada on October 1, 2010, welcomed His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, at Rideau Hall on the evening of October 7th, 2010. The Ismaili Imam was in Ottawa on the occasion of the inaugural board meeting of the Global Centre for Pluralism. John W. MacDonald, an Ottawa based freelance photographer, was at Rideau Hall to capture the photos shown below. We are deeply indebted to Mr. MacDonald  for making the memorable images available to Simerg.

The Governor General, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, is shown receiving His Highness the Aga Khan with great warmth at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, on October 7, 2010. Looking on is Mme Sheila Marie-Cook, Secretary to the Governor General. Photo: John W. MacDonald, Ottawa. Copyright. Please click image for enlargement.

His Highness the Aga Khan is greeted by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa, on October 7, 2010. Photo: John W. MacDonald, Ottawa. Copyright. Please click image for enlargement.

His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Ismaili Imam and direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, looks very happy at Rideau Hall where he was greeted on October 7, 2010 by Canada's 28th Governor General, His Excellency David Johnston. Photo: John W. MacDonald, Ottawa. Copyright. Please click image for enlargement.

His Highness the Aga Khan and Canada's Governor General, David Johnston, pictured at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on October 7, 2010. David Johnston became the 28th Governor General on October 1, 2010. In 1983, he was the Principal and Vice Chancellor of McGill when the University conferred an Honorary Degree of Laws on the Aga Khan. Mr. Johnston's speech made on that occasion is published on this Web site. Please see link below. Photo: John W. MacDonald, Ottawa. Copyright. Please click image for enlargement.

His Highness the Aga Khan and Governor General David Johnston in a conversation at Rideau Hall on October 7th, 2010. Photo: John W. MacDonald, Ottawa. Copyright. Please click image for enlargement.

His Highness the Aga Khan shares a light moment with Canada's Governor General, His Excellency David Johnston, at Rideau Hall on October 7, 2010. Photo: John W. MacDonald, Ottawa. Copyright. Please click image for enlargement.

John MacDonald has posted selected photos of the above event on his own Web site, including his Flickr and Weblog pages. He invites you to visit the Web site by clicking Photos by John W. MacDonald.

Click Governor General of Canada to see more photos of the Aga Khan’s visit to Rideau Hall.

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November 1, 1983: David L. Johnston on His Highness the Aga Khan

This man is a bridge between North and South, East and West. His leadership is beyond politics, beyond race, beyond religion. In a world torn by division, hostility, war and fear of nuclear holocaust, he is a shining beacon of inspiration and of hard-headed accomplishment in improving the lot of humankind, in elevating the quality of civilized life and in uplifting all peoples of the world to cherish the brotherhood of man.

For complete speech, please click November 1, 1983: His Highness the Aga Khan Conferred Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by McGill University

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston became Canada's new Governor General on October 1, 2010. He was the Principal and Vice Chancellor of McGill Univeristy when His Highness the Aga Khan was conferred an Honorary degree of the Doctor of Laws on November 1, 1983. The excerpt quoted above is from his speech. Photo credit: Office of the Secretary to the Governor General

Also please see:

An Introduction to the Office of the Governor General of Canada and Some Recent Memories with the Aga Khan

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Canadian Governor General’s Leadership Conference

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