Full name: Alfred John Gardyne Drummond de Chastelain.
Judgement exhibited in going with “John” as the short form of this name, instead of “Gardyne” or “Fred”: Excellent.
- Born in Romania in 1937.
- Attended school in England and Scotland.
- Graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada.
- Helped to resolve the Oka Crisis and increased accountability by initiating daily press conferences.
- Served as Chief of Defence Staff. Twice. (I didn’t know you could do that.)
- Tagged by the Somalia Commission for having “failed as a commander.” (If treasures had to be perfect, we wouldn’t have any.)
- Helped the Northern Irish sort out their troubles. (I didn’t know anyone could do that.)
- Recipient of more awards than I felt like transcribing here.
- Had a jig for bagpipes composed in his honour. (I couldn’t pass on that one.)
Would make a kickin’ Senator, age limits be damned. Just sayin’.
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This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people (living and dead), places and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.