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The keys to Rideau


 

The Mark asks various thinkers for viceregal nominations and ends up with a shortlist that includes Preston Manning, Wayne Gretzky, Leonard Cohen, William Shatner, Mary Simon, Rick Hansen, Phil Fontaine, Marcia McClung, Jean Vanier and Mike Harcourt.

Relatedly, here is a piece I wrote for the magazine a couple weeks ago, in which there is an attempt to point out that the Governor General is invested with extraordinary powers and so, perhaps, the selection of one should be taken somewhat seriously. And in that regard it might be difficult to present a candidate who can compete with the preferred candidate of our John Geddes.


 

The keys to Rideau

  1. the Governor General is invested with extraordinary powers and so, perhaps, the selection of one should be taken somewhat seriously.

    Completely agree with you (for once?)…I don't understand the push to nominate various celebrities or sports heroes like Gretzky and Shatner.

    Mary Simon however does not deserve to be lumped in with the likes of Gretzky and Shatner. She would be a most worthy selection.

  2. Though as has been posted here by someone before I would pay to see Shatner read a Throne Speech.

  3. I thought that rumoured candidate Sam Sullivan was a good idea.

  4. Just posting to register my complete agreement. That list makes me cringe.

  5. 'Stale, male and pale' is what Canadians are expecting from Harper.

    The best we can hope for is that the appointment isn't so absurd that it brings the entire office into disrepute, since it seems Harper doesn't like the position of GG in the first place.

    • "The best we can hope for is that the appointment isn't so absurd that it brings the entire office into disrepute,"

      That seems to have been his strategy for the Senate.

      • Yeah, anything he doesn't like he mocks one way or the other.

        I'm just hoping the 'Caligula's horse' gesture doesn't come into the GG appointment.

  6. The prorogation fiasco made obvious that someone of substance is needed – lightweights from showbiz are not sufficient.

    de Chastelain would be best if he'll take the job.

  7. "that the Governor General is invested with extraordinary powers and so, perhaps, the selection of one should be taken somewhat seriously."

    In theory, I agree. Just how that would have make a difference to a martinet like Stephen Harper escapes me.

  8. The PM will close his eyes and point to a random Maclean's Commentator before he picks Preston as GG.

    • WOOHOO! I'm in the running! But I'd have to turn it down, I already have enough kids running to me to make rediculous requests.

  9. For the love of God not Gretzky.

    I haven't even gotten over my rage at him being chosen to light the cauldron in Vancouver yet. If he becomes GG, I may have to move.

  10. Actually, Aaron, I first read that as "the preferred candidate, our John Geddes" and thought, "huh. You know, might not be a bad choice."

    • I nominate Coyne. Of course it would come with strings attached. A CBC reality show (it would definitely have to be tax payer funded) entiteld Prorogue This! that followed him for his five years on the job, with season finales being a march to the Hill to set things straight.

      • I like this reality show idea. We could build a moat around Rideau Hall, with sharks… with lasers on their heads. The Governor General promises to accede to any Prime Ministerial request to prorogue, and all the PM has to do is get to the GG.

        Of course, Harper's already squashed the fun of watching a PM trying to navigate a maze of spinning blades and poison darts to get to the GG's private office by demonstrating that one need not even look the GG in the eye to request that our Parliament be suspended. Now, that's the sort of thing one can just phone in.

        • Oh, I have my own reality show I want to promote. It's called "Canadian Subsidy". Sort of like a reverse-Dragon's-Den-meets-American-Idol.

          We bring out the 12 most ridiculous federal government subsidies, and every week one is voted out of existence. The one that remains gets written into the Charter.

          • I like that idea! The irony though, is that the show would be on the CBC, and thus taxpayer funded.

          • Horse Magazine, enshrined into Canadian history. About time.