Who will replace Jean as Canada's next Governor-General?

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NorthReport
Who will replace Jean as Canada's next Governor-General?

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NorthReport

When is Jean's term up?

Does Harper need House of Commons approval to appoint a new Governor General.

Any possibility it will be another shinning light, someone like Don Cherry? Tongue out

 

NorthReport

Michaelle Jean was appointed by Paul Martin on September 27, 2005, for an unfixed period of time, although it is usually for a 5 year stint. Maybe Harper will keep her around seeing she did him such a big favour just over a year ago now, wasn't it.  

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TheEtobian

Well considering that the RT Hon Mme Jean and her predecessor had backgrounds in the new media. (both of CBC to boot) Coupled with the two high profile news media Senate appointees. I can say with a degree of certainty that the new GG will not be from the news media.

no1important

I hope it is not another CBC Reporter like Mansbridge.  Personally I wish the position was not filled but I think Ed Broadbent would be a good choice. But I am sure it will be some Reform-Alliance-Conservative hack..

adma

Tee-hee.

Unionist

Sounds about right, Boom Boom.

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

adma wrote:

Tee-hee.

 

I would get such a kick out of that... mostly watching the Conservative Anger Machine (love that designation) make as big a deal about his dual citizenship with the Republic to the South as they did with Jean's with the Republic overseas. Okay, it would be a very sick kick... but almost worth the price of admission.

oldgoat

 

Tee hee-hee

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

Is there really any point in flagging the preceding post as offensive? We need a flag as scary option!

Webgear

 

I am going to apply for the both a Senator and the Governor General position over the next few weeks. I am just in the process of touching up my resume.

TheEtobian

Whos the cowboy?

NorthReport

I thought it will boil down to you or Rick Hillier. Kewl!

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Doesn't matter who replaces her, whoever it is will be a freeloader sucked into the trappings of the job at taxpayer expense - deference from everyone (except Harper), the military costume with the funny hat  and all those tacky medals, the limo, a nice place with to live with servants, etc...

Wilf Day

Best choice: [img]http://www.scc-csc.gc.ca/images_scc/display/abella150.jpg[/img]

The Honourable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella

Second best choice: [img]http://www.scc-csc.gc.ca/images_scc/display/rothstein150.jpg[/img]

The Honourable Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein

Tommy_Paine

 

Hmm.

 

A traffic pylon?

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

TheEtobian wrote:

Whos the cowboy?

 

Sometimes we forget other posters are younger than we are.... that is Myron Thompson, former Reform MP for Wild Rose (AB) - his most famous contribution to political life probably being his assertion that he had every right to keep black or gay employees at the back of the store if he though their presence would disturb his customers... he falls into a long line of Alberta high school teachers... Jim Keegstra comes to mind...

welder welder's picture

Myron Thompson...

 

NICE HAT,HOPALONG CASSIDY!!!!

He would fit right in with the fringe Albertan element within our current government.

One of the all-time winners....

Islander

I wouldn't fall off my chair if it was Lewis MacKenzie.

NorthReport

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

Help, I need an adult -- Islander and NorthReport are scaring me.

Islander

bagkitty wrote:

Help, I need an adult -- Islander and NorthReport are scaring me.

I've heard rumblings that Tom Flanagan might be retiring from academia soon.  Or there's always Ezra Levant - might appeal to the younger voters, and I've heard Stephen Harper has a special affinity for former MP's from Calgary Southwest. 

TheEtobian

bagkitty wrote:

TheEtobian wrote:

Whos the cowboy?

 

Sometimes we forget other posters are younger than we are.... that is Myron Thompson, former Reform MP for Wild Rose (AB) - his most famous contribution to political life probably being his assertion that he had every right to keep black or gay employees at the back of the store if he though their presence would disturb his customers... he falls into a long line of Alberta high school teachers... Jim Keegstra comes to mind...

I know who he is, I just never knew what he looked like. Even more of a troglodyte

than I had pictured.

NorthReport

Wayne Gretsky perhaps. 

 

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

If the next G-G is appointed by Harper, God help us all. Frown

NorthReport

Well football great Normie Kwong has been LG of Alberta, so Gretsky might do OK as well. It's mainly a titular position anyway. Of course it would be crass politicing on Harper's part, but Gretsky's appointment as GG would be very received by Canadians. 

remind remind's picture

....for me his wife's gambling/racketiering charges definitely rule him out, as I have never ever believed he was NOT involved too.

 

are you floating a balloon NR to see how people react?

NorthReport

No remind. Actually there was a rumour floating around recently that Gretsky would be the next GG.  

It would be a popular move, but perhaps not quite popular enough to get Harper his elusive majority. Laughing

remind remind's picture

When is Jean's term up?

 

What a sad world we live in when a hockey player is considered good material and popular move for the position of GG, though  a media person is not much better....

 

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Laughing

aka Mycroft

It will be an anglophone due to the need to alternate between French and English speakers. Harper will also need someone who is fluently bilingual.

Finally, since the last few GGs have been ex-CBC reporters there's a constitutional convention that holds it's now CTV's turn.

Harper will also want someone with strong Tory connections but who isn't a politician himself.

My prediction...

Ben Mulroney.

Now please excuse me as I go disembowel myself.

aka Mycroft

North Report wrote:

Wayne Gretsky perhaps. 

 

Gretsky's not bilingual but I suppose Harper could hope that being a hockey star would earn him acceptance.

Of course, the government could fall before Harperr has the chance to name an appointment.

Seriously though, given Harper's mindset, I think a military appointee is quite likely.

ottawaobserver

You know who I would appoint? Don Newman. Number one: it's a white guy's turn. Number two: no other single person in the press gallery or outside understood what was going on, both politically and constitutionally, during the confidence/coalition crisis last year, and I think he would bring a lot of wisdom to resolving any such situation in the future. Number three: he always covered the Remembrance Day events with such dignity and a sense of history, without all the jingoism.

Another choice: one of the elder statespersons from one of the first nations who have settled modern treaties with Canada: either Chief Billy Diamond of the James Bay Cree, or Joe Gosnell of the Nisga'a, who is also an aboriginal veteran and one hell of an orator (but who probably doesn't speak french, while Billy Diamond might).

However, I think it's clear we need to appoint someone who actually understands our parliamentary system of government, which is why I'd favour Newman. Of course, he's just retired from the CBC so I suppose that makes him a non-starter.

I'm afraid we're going to get Preston Manning or someone like that though.

NorthReport

Harper's too shrewd for that isn't he? 

ottawaobserver

You mean too shrewd to make a good appointment? At the risk of kick-starting that debate all over again, I would point out that Harper *did* appoint Gary Doer our Ambassador to the US. So, not ALL appointments of his have been terrible or terribly partisan. Just most of them.

NorthReport

I mean too shrewd to appoint a Preston Manning which is preaching to the converted.

 

Every move Harper makes is designed for maximum political advantage, so my hunch is that he will appoint someone from outside his circle of right wing hacks, someone who might possibly help him secure votes from outside the right. That's why Doer is where he is. Although the Liberal base is much larger than his base, the Liberals are no match for him. Harper is a master strategist, and has shown time after time, that he is able to outmanouver the Liberals.

remind remind's picture

What you say OO, makes a lot of sense in respect to a First Nations appointee, or actually even Newman. But I doubt he would put Newman in place, too many CBCers in a row. Canadians might get the distinct impression that our national media are really just corporate party hacks, spewing the line, as with only 2 in a row, and 1 Senator, there is still room for plausible denability. Not so much with 4.

 

Ben Mulroney, ugh.....maybe that is why he has started wearing his glasses, as he needs to look older...  ;) Think they be saving him for the next CONservative kick at the can. Would think Preston Manning would be more likely.

 

Having said that, I would bet it will be a french speaking former Atlantic province Premier.

 

NR,  this statement of yours:

 

Quote:
Harper is a master strategist, and has shown time after time, that he is able to outmanouver the Liberals.

 

No, actually Harper has proven he is not a master strategist, having shot himself in the foot upon numerous occasions, thus managing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, in respect to his so desired...majority, time and time again.

 

Thus, the only thing we can infer is that; the Liberals, for whatever reason, have set the bar low enough for him to be able to appear to out wit them.

 

 

Polunatic2

Who? I hope it's someone from babble :) 

asterix

Myron Thompson was pretty appalling, but he's not the one who asserted that "he had every right to keep black or gay employees at the back of the store if he though their presence would disturb his customers". That was Bob Ringma.

ReeferMadness

Polunatic2 wrote:

Who? I hope it's someone from babble :) 

I'm available.  Tongue out

Unionist

asterix wrote:

That was Bob Ringma.

Didn't Ringma's karma run over his dogma?

 

ottawaobserver

LOL, Unionist!

I think he might try a Manning or Deb Grey, as a way to say, look we right-wingers have our statespeople too. To redefine the mainstream further right as it were. Grey is already being talked about as a potential Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta today.

Or, he could go for someone like Jack Granatstein. Regardless of any other consideration, he will definitely pick someone he thinks will take his side in any constitutional dispute. So, I doubt he'd go with any of my personal faves.

Unionist

ottawaobserver wrote:
Regardless of any other consideration, he will definitely pick someone he thinks will take his side in any constitutional dispute.

Exactly - he'll steer clear of anyone like a Québécoise woman of colour with a lefty media background! Just can't trust them in a pinch.

ETA: Based on their records to date, if I was looking for someone who paid attention to the requirements of the job rather than sycophancy, I'd have to pick Deb Grey over Ms. Jean.

 

ottawaobserver

I take your point Unionist, but she could have gone either way. The problem in Michaelle Jean's case, I contend, is that she didn't know much about our system of government nor know her way around politics. This made her easy to bully. Don Newman was never elected, but would have understood what political capital everyone was holding, and could not have been easily bullied by Harper, nor overreliant on a single constitutional advisor. I'd probably put Deb Grey and Jack Granatstein in the same category.

Michaelle Jean has her strengths as a role model, but she was the wrong GG for a period of minority government instability.

aka Mycroft

Harper's government has played the monarchist role a few times. I wonder if he'll try to extend that to the GG appointment by giving the Monarchist League what it's always clamoured for - appointment of a minor Royal to the GG position. Problem is aside from Prince William, who is charismatic enough to offset any serious opposition but is probably too senior to accept such an appointment, it's hard to imagine which royal Harper could appoint without provoking a backlash.

Unionist

ottawaobserver wrote:
Michaelle Jean has her strengths as a role model, but she was the wrong GG for a period of minority government instability.

Michaelle Jean acquiesced twice to Harper in clear defiance of the will of Parliament - besides showing off military fatigues. Whatever her strengths as "role model", that makes her an instrument of dictatorship and war crimes. I am not kidding when I say I would prefer Deb Grey. Either Jean is brain dead, or she loves the palatial finery which has been bestowed upon her and will do literally anything to hang on to it. Either way, she should have her sorry ass kicked far from that place.

ottawaobserver

Mycroft, I think a case could be made for Prince Andrew in that case; he did go to school here.

Unionist, I'm not going to waste ANY breathe defending her decisions, believe me.

NorthReport

Premier Stelmach is going to beat out Harper and appoint Deb Grey as LG of AB

NorthReport

I wonder if Gretsky would even accept if offered the position.

ottawaobserver

NR, the Prime Minister is the one who gets to appoint Lieutenant-Governors, not the Premiers.

As to Gretsky, I think he would have to give up too many of his business interests, and I don't think that would be appealing to him. But I could be wrong.

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