Date of issue of stamp: March 8, 1994
Designed by: Jean Morin and Tom Yakobina and based on photograph by by Yousuf Karsh, André Le Coz, Greg
Lorfing and Mike Pinder.
The stamp shows the famous Karsh portrait of Mme Sauvé seated on a chair
and features three smaller black and white portraits depicting various
aspects of her distinguished career.
15,000,000 copies of the stamp were printed by
Canada Bank Note Co.
© Canada Post Corporation
Reproduced with permission
Sauvé. (née Benoit) Born Prud'homme,
Saskatchewan April 26, 1922. Died January 26, 1993. A journalist, who
worked for the C.B.C. , Radio Canada, La Presse, and The
Montreal Star she eventually turned to politics. She became a mother
in 1959 and took her infant son to work with her. She was a driving force
to establish a Day Care Centre on Parliament Hill in 1982. In 1972
she was elected to the Canadian House of Commons, and Prime Minister
Trudeau appointed her to his Cabinet. After holding various
positions in Cabinet , in 1980 she became the first woman appointed
as Speaker of the House of Commons in Ottawa. Jeanne Sauvé became the
first woman to be appointed Governor General of Canada in 1984.