Friday, August 05, 2005

MJ for GG

Since it's really only a symbolic position, it's hard to really have an opinion on the new choice for Governor General. She seems to fit all the right demographics, is telegenic, can handle the media, and should keep a fairly high profile.

I there anyone out there who can actually get worked up one way or the other over this?


  • Going by the CBC comments page, yep. Committed backers of the First Nations, "oppressed" white males unwilling to relinquish their monopoly on the post, Quebec-haters, immigrant-haters, journalist-haters, and fans of apparatchiks appear to be upset.

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  • Well, the National Citizens coalition lamented about how the choice wasn't from the west and didn't address western alienation. I am surpirsed a 'National' group would want such political pandering. - Modern Kyle

    By Blogger Kyle Olsen, at 12:13 a.m.  

  • i posted about the selection but thats cos im in middle of nowhere, new mexico, with nothing better to do.

    By Blogger ainge lotusland, at 4:41 a.m.  

  • It matters as a symbol in two ways:

    1) A symbol of Canada; and

    2) A symbol that nobody in Canada really holds absolute authority.

    By Blogger Jason Cherniak, at 9:49 a.m.  

  • I couldn't even motivate myself to the level of a 'who cares' post like your own.

    Of course according to Rex Murphy, "even anti-monarchists will not dismiss the importance of the governor-general in our current system.

    It was, after all, only a couple of months ago, during the blitz of no-confidence motions, the Belinda Stronach defection, and one-vote survival of the government, that the current occupant of Rideau Hall was the most important person in Canada. In a minority government (and we may be looking at a string of them), the governor-general is the keystone of our whole system."

    To which I say, huh?, followed by yawn.

    By Blogger Declan, at 4:52 p.m.  

  • Is this a political appointment?

    Yes, of course it is. It will likely save about three seats in urban Montreal for the Liberals that might otherwise have gone to the Bloc.

    Even a CPC supporter like me prefers to see federalists win seats in Quebec - provided it doesn't keep the Liberals in power.

    Other than that, this appointment means very little elsewhere. One left-leaning ex-journalist lady GG replaces another left-leaning ex-journalist lady GG. Ho-hum. Let's all go back to sleep.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:45 p.m.  

  • I am not sure if anyone has touched on these issues already, but some important points regarding our new GG that I feel deserve some attention (and bloggers are becoming famous for their ability to dig out info the government may otherwise try to hide):

    What is Jean's actual history? It seems a bit murky to me. The Liberal Party and the left-wing media have built her story up to be one of "inspiration" and "over-coming the odds", but is this really the case? They paint the picture of a poor, poverty-stricken family which was forced to flee their homeland in search of a new home. However, many of the Haitians who fled Haiti at that time were very wealthy. Has anyone even considered the fact that this women was able to afford attending foriegn universities in Milan, Perouse and Florence? I don't imagine it is cheap to go overseas and attend a foriegn university, let alone three!!!

    On top of that, there is also the fact that she is STILL a French citizen (not Quebec french, but in fact a citizen of the country of France) and this was something she actively applied for (ie: it was not given to her on account of the fact she was married to her husband). Some have even speculated that she may have actively sought out French citizenship to have better access to European funding for documentary films. The media has also claimed she is a symbol of "federalism in Quebec" and yet there have been reports that her husband has produced documentaries which in some cases were sympathetic to the FLQ terrorists of 1972 and separatists in general!!

    All I can say is this is not an issue of race, gender, ethnicity or anything else Liberals like to accuse us Conservatives of promoting. This is about the Canadian public not being told the full story in order to make an educated judement about the Prime Minister's ability to chose a quality Governor General. Regarding her qualifications, aside from being a former employee of Pravda...opps...sorry I meant the CBC, I don't see how this women is any more qualified then any of the other good choices I heard leading up to the announcement of Jean's appointment.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:16 p.m.  

  • "I there anyone out there who can actually get worked up one way or the other over this?"

    Apparently David Frum is getting worked up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:43 a.m.  

  • "Apparently David Frum is getting worked up."

    As well he should... you too.

    Is Canada hellbent on suicide???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:02 p.m.  

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