This week the speculation about who our next Governor-General would be (and whether it would be some ideological appointment like Preston Manning or some Totally Cool appointment like William Shatner) was officially put to rest:
David Johnston, an academic of lengthy credentials who is president of the University of Waterloo, will succeed Michaëlle Jean as governor-general. Mr. Johnston spoke to reporters at a news conference after Thursday morning after the announcement was made official.
The reaction in the Progressosphere might be summed up as: “SHOCKA! Bland old white guy PM appoints bland old white guy GG! EEEEEK!!” Personally, I liked Mary Simon for the appointment, but overall this guy Johnston doesn’t seem like a bad choice in spite of being a bland old white guy. For those keeping track of such things, our last two GGs have been female and minority, so maybe it was the BOWGs’ “turn”. Or maybe it’s just that as a Constitutional law expert Johnston has the intellectual gravitas to fill the post with acumen, if not the dash and panache of his predecessor.
But much as I liked her, she lacked the legal confidence to push back against Harper when it could have made a difference in Canada’s profoundly goofy politics. As a Constitutional law expert, Johnston might be less likely to rubber stamp Harper’s every request to prorogue Parliament…. butbutbut, wait a minute: if so, then why was he appointed at all, given Steve’s insane totalitarian fascist dictatorial tendencies?
I keed. Johnston seems like a politically-astute appointment in what will likely be an election year; intelligent, uncontroversial and inoffensive. Since recent polls indicate that for the foreseeable future we’ll be governed by a Conservative minority propped up by the usual sleazy consortium of spineless pimps and hacks known as “the opposition”, and with Harper’s Conservatives standing by to usurp the Liberals’ role as “Canada’s Natural Governing Party”, maybe Harpie isn’t too worried about the future.