Thursday, January 06, 2005
- "[T]he Governor General is responsible for ensuring that Canada always has a Prime Minister" - Thank God for the GG, as we only have the Constitution and election law to make sure we have a President.
- "After an election, the Prime Minister and other Cabinet Ministers take the oath of office at Rideau Hall." - Heaven forbid they do it, perhaps, in the Parliament building.
- "Before a diplomat can work in Canada, he or she must present his credentials to the Governor General in a formal ceremony in the ballroom of Rideau Hall." - OK, the GG serves as a sort of file clerk for keeping track of diplomats.
- "The Governor General recognizes the achievements of outstanding Canadians with honours, decorations for bravery and service, and awards." - Which, considering their predominence on the world stage must keep the GG inordinately busy year-round.
The cited web page even conveniently asks the real question for us: "Many people wonder why Canada has both a Governor General (representing the head of state) and a Prime Minister (the head of government)." While letting us know that "[o]ne reason is that the Governor General can represent all Canadians as a neutral symbol removed from partisan concerns and the daily affairs of government," they never get around to providing any others.
So it seems the people of Canada get a representative that is appointed for them by a hereditary monarch from another country and to whom is given a large estate in which they formally perform the duties of a file clerk all for the small sum of $19M per annum. What a bargain!