I don't normally comment on political situations but I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on the role of Canada's Governor-General which the Globe & Mail featured in their Letters to the Editor recently: John Ibbitson questions the Governor General’s understanding of her position. But here’s what I don’t understand: why do we still have such an outdated, ineffective, barren role in Canada at all? This vice regal anachronism is costing a fortune and delivering nothing more than pomp and circumstance. Time to call it what it is: an antique form from another age that no longer serves its intended purpose.
Back in the day, before the British royals outsourced their ruling responsibility to a first minister, they needed someone in each of their colonies to keep the clocks running. Clearly, that time has passed. There is no longer any defensible purpose to a Governor-General or all the needless Lieutenant-Governor positions that rob our coffers and deliver no value other than for the politically rewarded limousine riders who get to savor a life we, the proletariat, don’t enjoy.
Omigosh, the GG hasn’t set foot in Manitoba this year! How will my Winnipeg friends ever survive now! Scouts Canada hasn’t heard whether Julie wants to be their patron. That’s it lads: shut down the apple stands, there’s no point to crossing the street ever again!
Now, if we didn’t have crumbling health care and failing education systems and a sinking environment in Canada, that olde system might be swell. But not today. We need the dough for reality, not some 200 year old royal’s flight of fancy.
So to Julie Payette and her provincial pals: don’t concern yourselves with Mr. Ibbitson’s worries. Adios. Your day is done. Do us all a favour and admit it. And have a nifty retirement with your indexed government job termination fund.
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