Michaelle Jean’s Haitian fans want her term extended; appeal to PM

The capital might be chattering about who will be the next governor general, but some high-profile voices would like to see Michaelle Jean stay put.

Governor General Michaelle Jean looks around as she prepares to leave after giving a speech at the University of Ottawa's international symposium on Haiti in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Governor General Michaelle Jean looks around as she prepares to leave after giving a speech at the University of Ottawa's international symposium on Haiti in Ottawa on Tuesday.

OTTAWA — The capital might be chattering about who will be the next governor general, but some high-profile voices would like to see Michaelle Jean stay put.

Haitian leaders attending a two-day conference on rebuilding their earthquake-ravaged nation say Jean is an important symbol of hope in their country.

The mayor of Port-au-Prince, Jean-Yves Jason, said he had a direct message for Prime Minister Stephen Harper that her mandate should be extended.

Recent reports have said Harper is actively seeking a replacement for Jean when her term comes to a close this fall.

Other governors general have had their mandates extended by a year or more, including the last Queen’s representative, Adrienne Clarkson.

Names that have come up as the next GG include spinal-cord research advocate Rick Hansen and Inuit leader Mary Simon.