Canadian politicians

Choosing a Governor General

By Bruce Hicks August 1, 2014 The prime minister recommends to the Queen who should become governor general in Canada and, in the modern era, the Queen accepts that name without question. Upon appointment, the governor general is delegated all of the Queen’s powers, including the ‘reserve powers’ which he or she may, in certain circumstances, exercise with discretion, including appointing or dismissing the prime minister and dissolving or proroguing parliament. The qualifications that one should have in order to become governor general and the process involved in choosing the best candidate with those qualifications is deserving of an open discussion and examination. Having a competent governor general, given the occasional though rare role as umpire with respect to unwritten constitutional conventions, is essential. (more…)

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Monarchy in Britain

A MORE FREE AND DEMOCRATIC CANADA IS BLOWING IN THE SUMMER BREEZE

AUGUST 4, 2014. This past June James Cudmore at CBC News reported that : “At a time of federal belt-tightening, the Conservative government's return to World War II-era ranks and insignia will require new dress uniforms for Canadian soldiers and naval officers at a cost of $4.5 million.” As Cudmore also noted, these “costs are part of a host of changes announced since 2011 to return certain Canadian ranks and titles to their traditional equivalents. Both the navy and air force acquired the title ‘Royal’ in their name.” (more…)

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