Monday, May 03, 2010

A Compromise Candidate for GG

It seems that Michael Ignatieff has focused his considerable thinking skills on the office of Governor General. (has it been raining in Ottawa?) Iffy concludes that the status quo is the best approach and advocates for the extension of current GG Michaelle Jean's term. In doing so he appears to be attempting to paint PMSH into a politically correct corner.

Iffy's comments, offered up in a "just saying" fashion are clearly constructed to focus attention on Ms. Jean's politically correct demographic credentials.

In explaining his stance, Ignatieff said Canadians were "deeply moved" by Jean's swift response to the massive earthquake in her homeland of Haiti, that killed more than 200,000 people.

He also said Jean "has been a powerful advocate of Aboriginal and Arctic people," and her own personal story has been an inspiration to young Canadians.

"As a francophone woman who overcame great obstacles to get where she is today, and as the first black Canadian appointed as Governor General, I can't imagine a better role model for young Canadians, particularly young girls," he said.

A black, francophone, immigrant, woman who is married to an avowed Quebec separatist is going to be hard to top and given Iffy's focus on demographics all but eliminates any old, white, male, conservative, senior statesmen, like say Preston Manning.

So be it!

With Preston out of the running I got to thinking who might be suitable for the office. In doing so I looked back to see if there were any common traits shared by our most recent GG's.
Adrienne Clarkson came to mind. Woman, immigrant, ex-CBC personality, visible minority, annoying husband (does anybody miss John Ralston Saul?)

When compared with Michaelle Jean a trend begins to emerge. Woman, immigrant, ex-CBC personality, visible minority, annoying husband (has anybody outside of Quebec seen Jean-Daniel Lafonde's films?)

With this critera in mind I believe I've found the perfect compromise candidate for GG.

Sitara Hewitt

Now you may not recognize Sitara sans burka, which she dons for her role as Dr. Rayyan Hamoudi in the PC CBC series Little Mosque on the Prairie. Granted Ms. Hewitt was born in Elora, Ontario but she is the daughter of Welsh and Pakistani immigrants, speaks Hindi and Urdu, skydives, surfs, trained as a pro wrestler in the WWE and is married to Jessie Pavelka (has anybody seen any of his films?)

Sitara's religious beliefs are none of my business but she does play a Muslim on TV so that's worth something.

While Sitara does not exactly fit the mold, at 28 she is relatively young but she more than makes up for it in hawt! As far as being an inspiration for teenage girls, who knows but my teenage sons found her inspiring in her role as co-host of the game show You Bet Your Ass.

Please Prime Minister Harper, do the right thing and appoint Sitara Hewitt as our next Governor General.



E Mac said...

The final decision is: PM Harper's - Alone.
No others need apply.

Anonymous said...

Sitara gets my vote


syncrodox said...

E Mac

True enough but ya gotta like the prospects of a GG who's amply engaged t-shirt reads "My ass is on the line."


Anonymous said...

I'm starting a rumour that Iggy is going to resign and dissolve the Lib Party.

syncrodox said...


Isn't that like the Cheshire cat claiming wonderland doesn't exist?


L said...

I hope that the PM is ignoring most of the suggestions being bandied about and will focus on credentials, which I am confident he will do. I hope he will select someone with constitutional/ parliamentary/diplomatic credentials first and foremost. He or she should definitely not be a PC or popularity choice, but someone who is well-respected nationally and well-known to have excellent judgment, communication and diplomatic skills and who has an unquestioned allegiance to the Queen and her successors. The appointment of Gary Doer as Ambassador comes to mind as the type of really smart choice. This person should have a clear focus on their role as the Queen's representative (and its limitations) and solid financial management skills, as the GG's budget needs downsizing.

In the current environment and looking forward five years, it is possible that the role may be less ceremonial at times; there could be constitutional issues (coalition challenges, PQ back in power in Quebec, charter amendment questions, e.g., proroguing, senate). As well, it is a good idea for Canadians to debate whether Canada might be a republic in future or not; this makes it very important to select a really solid person who brings a high level of stature and complete respect to the office.

The current GG was OK for her time in office, and added value in some areas, while over-shooting in others. It is time for a change. The fact that Iggy has made his recommendation public in the way he did is disrespectful of the Office and the selection process, and is an obvious cheap, political garbage and shows no foresight beyond picking up a few Caribbean-Canadian votes in Quebec and Ontario. I hope some Shatner Facebook supporters pick this up and cream him.

A "traditional appointee" (read old white males may also apply) with an amazing track record would be fine with me, even if the language skills are a bit "frenglishy". A lot of the really talented candidates are busy on corporate boards, in the Senate or doing international things, though, so the short-list might have to be fairly long.

syncrodox said...


Yea but Sitara is hawt!


L said...

True for sure

Anonymous said...

Please show more boobies. I like boobies.


syncrodox said...

Piper Paul

Finding boobies is a personal quest. Good luck.