Who Wants To Be A Governor General?
The Mark had prominent Canadians list their choices and, not surprisingly, there's the usual collection of hockey players, politicians, Canadian icons, and former CBC personalities, And, of course, Shatner, who leads their poll, reminding us why it's probably a good thing the GG isn't an elected position.
Some of the more serious names being bandied about include Clarence Louie, Rick Hansen, John De Chastelain, Mary Simon, Sam Sullivan, and Phil Fontaine.
Putting aside the fun speculation for a second (Don Cherry anyone?), I think we can agree on a few things:
1. After the coalition insanity, it's clear this isn't just a symbolic position. With that in mind, I think the days of naming former politicians to the post might be long gone. Can you imagine what would have happened had Rideau Hall been occupied by someone like Ed Broadbent or Preston Manning in December 2008? Yes, they're respected individuals, but accusations of partisanship would be run rampant.
2. Even though it won't be a partisan individual, that doesn't mean this isn't a political decision. It's no secret Michaelle Jean's appointment was designed to earn good favour with the Haitian community. I find it hard to believe that the micro-targeting machine that is the Conservative Party will pass up an opportunity like this.
3. They must be bilingual. Tempi pour toi, Wayne.
4. Harper will want to put his stamp on this one - he'll want someone who represents Canada, as he sees it. So, in other words, a military man is probably more likely than a former CBC personality.
5. In keeping with the alternance tradition, I expect we'll move outside Quebec for this pick. Following point 4 above, I think it's extremely likely we'll see a Westerner named to the post. Given that BC has never had a GG and there are a lot of swing seats there (see point 2), that seems like the most likely location.
With that in mind, speculate away!