Monday, April 20, 2009

Selecting the Governor General

Adrienne Clarkson suggests that the prime minister's nominee for governor general should be vetted by parliament.

The Globe's editorial writer demurs: too much potential for politicization. Not a bad point, though their alternate suggestions are weak ones. Let a blue ribbon panel select? But an elite committee would lack the legitimacy of representative authority. Let the Queen decide? Oh, spare us.

A third alternate might be to select governors general as speakers of the house are chosen: by a secret ballot of the House of Commons. And who would nominate? Say, any ten MPs. We might see some interesting nominees, and the accountability principle would be established. A fourth: I've made the case for popular election on the Irish model elsewhere.

The link to the British monarchy needs examination even more than the selection process.
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