It’s a strange thing.
We have lost our governor general, and yet the heart of the country keeps beating. How can this be? Such a wonder.
But it is a bit strange. The office is said to be the pinnacle of our political and constitutional system, and certainly its symbolic apex.
Most associate the office with the giving out of medals and the selection of the best books of the year written by Canadians, though the actual chore of ingesting the mass of prose and verse necessary to make the selection is left to others of superior stamina, i.e. the Canada Council for the Arts.
The really big stuff however, as boldly printed on the Government of Canada website, is that as the Queen’s representative as head of state in Canada, one of the governor general’s most important responsibilities “is to ensure that Canada always has a prime minister.”
The heart of the country keeps beating….