There has never been a robust consultation process on the appointment of a Governor General. Past consultations have been ad hoc and perfunctory.
Recognizing the significant role the Governor General fills as the Crown’s representative in Canada, Prime Minister Harper appointed an expert advisory committee to lead an unprecedented national consultation effort.
The advisory committee engaged in extensive consultations across the country, meeting with leading constitutional experts, past and current political leaders, and other distinguished Canadians before providing the Prime Minister with its confidential recommendations.
Is this an attempted deflection of the suggestion that Johnston's appointment is a reward for his friendly framing of the terms of reference for the Oliphant inquiry?
Or, might it be an attempt to distance Emperor Steve from the wrath of the so-cons?
Over at the Freaks, my pal Connie started a thread titled I am a Gestational Carrier, Hear Me Roar!
I was puzzled by that and so googled around. This is what she's referring to, from August last year. A report from a panel set up to study Artificial Reproduction:
The panel, chaired by University of Waterloo president David Johnston, was initiated by the McGuinty government in June 2008 under Minister of Children and Youth Services Deb Matthews.
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Further, according to the panel, AR should not be limited strictly to truly and traditionally married couples, but should be opened to all, whether married, single, or in a same-sex relationship. "Single women need access to donor sperm," they say, "and single men need donor eggs and a gestational carrier".
The fundies are attributing the report to Johnston personally, which gives rise to this reaction to his appointment from LifeShite.
Canada’s new Governor General, whose appointment was officially announced Thursday, has been an advocate for homosexual adoption and the destruction of unborn life through government-funded in vitro fertilization (IVF).
On the one hand, criticism of the appointment for partisanship. On the other, criticism for amorality.
It's all good.