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Jeanne Sauvé
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
Jeanne Mathilde 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.