Monday, May 09, 2005

The power you're supplying; it's electrifying

The irony of separatists going cap in hand to the GG aside, this is probably the right tack to take: APELDOORN, Netherlands — The opposition will ask Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson to intervene if the Liberals lose a coming vote and won't resign, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe says. "That would be the duty of the Governor General to call Paul Martin and to tell him a few things about democracy,'' Duceppe said Monday as the country's federal political leaders attended VE-Day ceremonies in Holland. Canada has never had democratic government, but that's a minor quibble; this would seem to be framing the issue perfectly, or at least as close to it as the not-entirely-credible-outside-of-Quebec Bloc ever could. Most Canadians have at least generic goodwill for the Queen, and Her Majesty's representatives; reminding them that there is still a higher power above the whims of the Prime Minister in our constitutional history might help to downplay Liberal accusations of Tory-Bloc recklessness or selfishness. It's not a perfect system, but it's what we've got: when a government loses the confidence of the House, it should and must be dissolved. That's the way it works. Let's hope, for once, Adrienne Clarkson actually earns her pay. Making the right decision in the case of Liberal intransigence would go a long way towards my forgiving her for the lavish parties and elitist condecension that have so characterized her viceregency.


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