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Paper points to Jean support for sovereignty

15-Aug-05 11:11 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

 

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CTV.ca | Paper points to Jean support for sovereignty

It might just be the CBC labour dispute forcing me to read more right-wing media, but I have to wonder if we’re not moving more toward an Americanized relationship between the media and government in Canadian politics.  It wasn’t too long ago that an American President stood before television cameras apologizing to his nation for whom he chose to screw around with.  And even the Yanks in the end – seemed to decide that it might be noteworthy, but not particularly importnat insofar as his function as holding the position as head-of-state.

And now here in Canada, we’ve got ourselves a new head-of-state (albeit only a political figurehead, unlike the U.S.)  Our Governor-General, it appears, may be wed to a closet Québec seperatist.  And nevermind craning one’s neck to harken the wails of what a terrible idea it must be that the consort / husband of our next Governor-General has a seperatist past.

OK – I’ll say it.  WHO CARES?  It would be different if the Governor-General herself was a seperatist; and it might ot have been the smartest thing for her to accept the position given the realities of politics and knowing her husband’s past.  But, it’s done and frankly, I think the appointment is still a good one given Michaelle Jean’s extraordinary background.

Hopefully the right will let this one go.  It’s relaly not functionally relevant – and I’d hate to see Canada deprived of an otherwise outstanding canddiate for this post because of something her husband said, did or wrote.  She’s not him, after all and in the end that’s all that should count.

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