July 31, 2005 by Allen George
Ottawa’s been buzzing about Adrienne Clarkson’s replacement lately. In case you didn’t know, Adrienne Clarkson’s our current Governor-General and her term’s about to lapse. Since it has already been extended once before, it’s unlikely she’ll retain her post this time.
This morning the CBC called for the “vox populi” on who should be our next G-G. I, always annoyed at Canada’s vestigial connections with the British monarchy, dashed off the following while typing up my yearbook quote and blurb:
Regarding who should be the next Governor General…
I’d say “no one”. The Governor General’s post is an anachronism in modern Canada. I’m surprised that we still maintain ties (however ceremonial) to the British monarchy – and I think it’s high time we gave thought to disassociating ourselves of this association.
We are our own country with a bright future and we should be proud to “go it alone”.
It was read on CBC Newsworld just before lunch today.
I know, I know. Not a spectacular work by any means. Come on – “disassociating…association” – that’s the result of a monumental brain freeze. But I watch CBC enough and I’m glad that my opinion was voiced on air. Yeah…they need the naysayers to offset the tired “Wayne Gretzsky”, “Bob Rae”, “Romeo Dallaire” et. al. And sure, my voice is one of the token few saying “Scrap the monarchy!”. But I spoke up and…
Give me my moment of conceit ;~P