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David Johnston Named Next Governor General July 8, 2010

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The North Saskatchewan Branch of the Monarchist League of Canada congratulates and applauds the announced appointment of David Johnston as Canada’s next Governor General.

CTV’s Robert Fife broke the story late Wednesday evening: University of Waterloo President David Johnston would become the next Governor General.

Further details about David Johnston are available from many different media outlets today (CBC, SUN).

The Monarchist League of Canada congratulates and warmly welcomes professor Johnson:

Those who have followed Professor Johnston in his career know his abundant “people skills”—an affable personality—and deep knowledge of Canada’s constitution and diverse social history. These qualities, combined with a truly global perspective and seasoned political experience at the federal level, are excellent indications that he will faithfully serve The Queen and all Canadians as their next Governor General.

It’s pleasing to see an experienced, but non-partisan, Canadian appointed as Governor General.

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.”