Assembled in St Catharines (Ontario), the 37th General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, the chief governing and legislative body, has elected the Most Reverend Andrew S. Hutchison, Archbishop of Montreal as its 12th Primate or Presiding Bishop of the national Church. Archbishop Hutchison was one of four nominees presented to the 300 synod delegates from across the country. A fifth nominee, Bishop Victoria Matthews of Edmonton, withdrew for health reasons. The election necessitated four ballots, with Archbishop Hutchison receiving the majority of votes from the House of Laity and the House of Clergy on the fourth ballot. Archbishop Hutchison, 65, succeeds Archbishop Michael Peers, who retired earlier this year after holding the position for the last 18 years. He is the second bishop of Montreal to be elected Primate, the first, Archbishop William Bennett Bond, having been elected 100 years ago.
Archbishop Hutchison has served as Bishop of the Diocese of Montreal for the past 14 years, Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Forces since 1997, and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada since 2002. He has been in Montreal since 1984, when he became Rector of Christ Church Cathedral and Dean of Montreal. Prior to his arrival, he had been active in parish ministry in the Diocese of Toronto.
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