Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Canadian Head of State

Just to settle a little tiff that has arisen: that's her over there, Michaelle Jean. She's the governor general. She's the Canadian head of state.

I know, there is that nice elderly lady in London. But she's not here. To do the job you have to be here. Just showing up counts for quite a bit.

Constitutionally, it's a bit like linguistic usage. If everyone says tomato instead of tomahto, tomato becomes correct. When the governor general does the job, she assumes the job.

Glad I could clear that up for you. Gee, I agree with Peter Russell!

Update, October 13: Andrew's on this too. (that's Smith, not Sullivan, you cosmopolitan blog readers). And my own longer ponderings on this subject from the LRC here.

Update: a comment from Australia. thanks Jim Belshaw.
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