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The Queen to Annoint Next GG in Person February 17, 2010

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Don Martin has a fascinating article in the National Post today about how the Queen might personally appoint the next Governor General of Canada. Apparently, the plan:

would see Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean replaced July 1 on the eve of her fifth anniversary as a phenomenally popular force of personality and fashion sense.

The unique twist would see the 28th vice regal sworn in by Queen Elizabeth II herself during her nine-day tour of Canada which starts June 28.

Who that next GG will be is the next interesting question. Martin suggests Northerner and Inuit leader Mary Simon. His other candidate is retired General John de Chastelain. Both candiates have ambassadorial and high-level negotiation experience. Both are also experienced in academia. Gen. de Chastelain is the only person to serve twice as the Chief of Defence Staff since that office was created in 1964.

Controversy Continues – GG Moves to Claim Head-of-State Title on Web October 9, 2009

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Queen Jean?

According to a Canwest new article published today, Canada’s Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, moved aggressively to claim the title of Head-of-State of Canada in her newly revised website (gg.ca).

the website launched Friday includes various descriptions of the Governor General’s role — without any reference to Queen Elizabeth — that imply Jean is the head of state.

Meanwhile, PMO spokespeople and Members of Parliament continue to point out the legal absurdities in Jean’s claims.

“Harper reminds GG just who is head of state” October 8, 2009

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has sent a clear message to Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean that she should not call herself Canada’s head of state.

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The story quotes former University of Saskatchewan professor David Smith as noting “there seems to be a misunderstanding on the part of Rideau Hall as to the constitutional position of the Governor General under our system.”

And League Chairman, Robert Finch, stated: “I hope this puts an end to the silly notion that the Governor General is head of state — de facto or otherwise.”