Is it time for a change?

gg05-2017-0293-001_webI had high hopes, back about three years ago, that Her Excellency Julie Payette would be a great governor-general. She was, I noted, an accomplished woman and could be an inspirational leader. She was not my first choice for the highest Canadian office ~ I thought, back in early 2016, that Chantal Petitclerc would have been the right choice. But I applauded the Trudeau government for a good choice. Was I wrong?

There were some reports, back in 2018, about Governor-General Payette being both frustrated with her duties and having a less than stellar work ethic. But, now there are reports of serious misconduct. In the Globe and Mail, Gary Mason wonders, publicly, if it is time to replace the Governor-General, and eminent Canadian political scientist and constitutional scholar Philippe Lagassé (Carleton University) ruminated on how a government might fire a GG.

Julie Payette seems to be a disappointment, maybe worse ~ perhaps she’s another example of a prime minister (and staff) who doesn’t take the business of the state seriously.

maxresdefaultottawa-senate-building-diamond-schmitt-architects-architecture-interiors-canada_dezeen_2364_heroIn any event, Sénatrice Petitclerk is still there … just up the road, still serving Canada in the Senate. And she’s still my first choice.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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