Posts Tagged ‘ Governor General of Canada ’

What we should celebrate in 2012 is 60th anniversary of first Canadian citizen as Governor General of Canada

Dec 14th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

So … we have just learned that “Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be touring Canada as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations marking her 60 years on the British throne,” this coming May 2012. For many Canadians (and we confess we are among them), this is just yet […]

Brother André is a saint — and Governor General of Canada is real head of state

Oct 18th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

You may feel that the pope in Rome has no real power to sanctify anyone. And we share that view. But if you harbour any attachment to Canada’s interesting province of Quebec, you may also feel some warmth towards the news that, this past Sunday “Pope Benedict XVI canonized the first male saint born on […]

Has anyone told the Canadian secretary to the Queen about William Shatner yet?

May 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

Canada, the late Robertson Davies used to say, is the kind of country you worry about. And even though the present Canadian confederation has now been in business for 143 years (or at least will be this coming July 1), it is still all too easy to imagine that soon enough it will disappear off […]

March 6 referendum in Iceland: one model for democratizing governor general in Canada

Feb 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Canadian Republic

Three days after the prorogued federal Parliament returns to work in Canada, the people of Iceland will be voting in an unusual referendum. It has been called, in effect, by the ceremonial head of state, who has doubts about recent controversial actions by the Icelandic parliament and prime minister. Here in Canada, the Iceland example […]

The Prime Minister and the Governor General 2009: not exactly a love story

Oct 13th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

One of the more intriguing sidebars to current Canadian federal politics is the relationship between Conservative minority Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General Michaelle Jean, who was (rather brilliantly, some say) appointed by Liberal minority Prime Minister Paul Martin, not too long before he was turfed from office, by a gang of conservatives, socialists, […]

Will the real Canadian head of state stand up?

Oct 13th, 2009 | By | Category: Canadian Republic

Just last week, on October 5, 2009, the Governor General of Canada, Michaelle Jean, gave a speech to a United Nations cultural group in Paris, in which she called herself — and not just once but twice — the Canadian “head of state.” This soon enough brought a surge of protest from the diminishing forces […]

Protest at the GG show in Ottawa .. on the Hill with the republican grass roots

Sep 29th, 2005 | By | Category: Canadian Republic

What the Canadian Press had earlier called “a small knot of demonstrators,” who “plan to show up, calling for an end to what they see as an undemocratic vestige of the colonial past,” actually did appear among the protesters at the otherwise radiant official “installation” of Canada’s new Governor General Michaelle Jean, on the sunny […]