Currie’s Corner 624, May 17, 2018
The carrot-top named Harry is the man of the hour all over the world. He is unquestionably the most popular member of Britain’s Royal family, especially since partnering with Meghan Markle. But at 33, what will Harry do with the rest of his life.
Long before the Royal Wedding was even announced, a good friend of mine made an interesting suggestion. “How about making Prince Harry the Governor General of Canada?” Are you listening Justin Trudeau?
The job of representing the Crown in Canada was held by a series of British Lords for more than 80 years after Confederation. In 1953, Vincent Massey was appointed to serve at Rideau Hall, and the job has belonged to Canadians ever since. The current Governor General is former astronaut Julie Payette who was chosen by Trudeau just last year.
Nine out of ten Canadians would probably have trouble naming the Governor General at any given time, but I’m betting it would be different if Harry and Meghan were the Vice Regal team.
When you get right down to it, it’s not a job that is all that essential. The Governor General gets to read the Speech From the Throne opening Parliament, but every comma in that speech is scripted by the government of the day. For the most part, he or she is basically obliged to do what the government wants. The rest of their time is spent shaking hands, giving out endless awards, and hosting endless tea parties at Rideau Hall.
Nah, Harry and Meghan would be bored to tears, unless Trudeau and company were prepared to give them just enough freedom to make things more interesting. Both the Prince and his new bride already have some significant ties to Canada. Meghan lived in Toronto while she worked in the TV series “Suits”. Harry chose Canada as the site for his Invictus Games last year, an event honouring military veterans.
I know this is probably a longshot that will never happen, but everyone involved could do a lot worse.
I wonder if Harry is a Jets fan ?
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