Poll: Do We Need A GG?

Thanks to Castanet Reader S. Murray for this poll suggestion.

Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy. This means we recognize The Queen as our Head of State. Canada's 26th Governor General, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, carries out Her Majesty's duties in Canada on a daily basis and is Canada's de facto Head of State.

Like many other democracies, Canada has clearly defined the difference between the Head of State and Head of Government. The Governor General represents the Queen who is the Head of State is appointed by The Queen on the advice of the Canadian Prime Minister

What does the Governor General do? The Governor General's role is built on six major themes:
  • Representing the Crown in Canada
  • Promoting Canadian Sovereignty
  • Celebrating Excellence
  • Encouraging National Identity, National Unity and Moral Leadership
According to the Governor General's website, "The Office of the Governor General, Canada's oldest continuing institution, is a thread that ties Canadians together. From Samuel de Champlain in 1608 to Viscount Monck in 1867 to Vincent Massey in 1952 to Adrienne Clarkson today, the role of the Governor General dates back nearly 400 years."

However, with recent Governor General spending controversies, some now ask if we need or can afford a Governor General.

What do you think?

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