With all the problems in Canada, wasting time, energy and resources to prop up practically useless ceremonial entities gets me riled. If we really want to give young people more opportunity, I'm sure the 41 million(2003 figures) wasted on Jean's post would be better served by investing in programs that actually help kids. What are Jean's important duties that justify the position:
Representing the Crown and ensuring there is always a prime minister.
Acting on advice of prime minister and cabinet ministers to give royal assent to bills passed in the Senate and House of Commons.
Signing state documents.
Reading throne speech.
Presiding over swearing-in of prime minister, chief justice and cabinet ministers.
I'm fairly certain that Canada's government would survive without notifying the GG. Surely, someone else could read the throne speech- are her oratory skills and inflection so unique? Pardon the sarcasm, but Canada can't afford to invest in appearances over practicalities. I would much rather have an MRI machine than waste money on fancy lunches with stuffed shirts.
How many provincial legislators and staff wasted their day to accommodate the "first official visit" of nothingness? The people of Ontario are not well served when the government is handicapped so it can listen to hollow words from a glorified ornament. In a time where governments struggle with expenditure and tough choices, axing the Governor General, and the Lieutenant Governors for that matter, seems a no brainer.
I don't mean to suggest the money saved would alter the world in any significant way. But, equally, where is the ideological consistency in a society that can afford to waste expenditure on ceremony and concurrently cry about practical revenues. Our history is not compromised, our traditions not neglected, if we do away with the irrelevant obsolete. Can someone please tell me why we need to keep the Governor General?