OT: Happy Canada Day

John Sessoms jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com
Sun Jul 4 17:10:03 EDT 2010

From: "Daniel J. Matyola"
> I am not bitching about any system.  I am only saying that I am
> offended by the concept that anyone is superior to another person by
> reason of birth.
> If we say that the Queen is superior by reason of birth and has rights
> that can't be taken away, then we legitimize the position of the
> "nobility" who claim to be superior by birth to us "commoners."   That
> is just a short distance from saying that whites are superior to other
> races by reason of birth, or that English are superior to Irish, or
> that Japanese are superior to Koreans.   Belief in status or privilege
> arising our of ancestry is anti-democratic, and creates artificial
> barriers that divide people who should seek common cause.
> Dan

The only flaw I see is the supposition that inherited wealth and 
position are a claim of inherited superiority.

No democracy is perfect. The British and Canadian versions have more 
flaws than an idealized, perfect democracy, but fewer flaws than some 
other actual implementations.

Seems to me it's a workable way of choosing a titular "head of state", 
i.e. who represents the nation ... as opposed to who governs the nation.

As I understand it, the Queen has little actual power, merely some 
formal prerogatives. I understand the Queen appoints a Governor General 
for Canada, but I believe she appoints whoever the Prime Minister of 
Canada recommends.

And that the Governor General "approves" legislation from the Canadian 
Parliament in the Queen's name.

But does the Governor General have absolute veto power? What happens if 
the Governor General declines to approve legislation?

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