Saturday, November 05, 2005

GG Michaëlle Jean's big mouth

Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean's recent disparaging remarks criticizing Parti Québécois leadership candidate André Boisclair demonstrate poor judgment in handling her position. Mme. Jean is supposed to function as Queen Elizabeth II's ceremonial head of state in Canada, and not muck about in partisan politics or personality attacks.

Her smart-aleck remarks aoubt M. Boisclair and about the PQ separatists are simply adding fuel to the fires of separatist rage. It is difficult for anglophones to comprehend why many Quebecois francophones publicly support separation - this is an issue I'm eager to begin exploring more thoroughly - but I believe it is a terrible, foolish mistake for Canada's GG (who was handed her well-paid hyper-prestigious job "on a silver spoon" as a patronage gift from an admiring PM Martin) to embarrass the Queen and the people of Canada by shooting her mouth off on subjects she is not qualified to comment on.

Here are some MSM links regarding the story, and Mme. Jean's tendency to shoot off her mouth inappropriately:
Governor General criticized by sister over Boislair jokes
André Boisclair lashes out at Governor General Michaëlle Jean over coke joke
Parti Québécois leadership hopeful irked by Governor General's coke jokes
L'humour de Michaëlle Jean déplaît à sa soeur
Boisclair choqué par les propos de Michaëlle Jean
Michaëlle Jean s'attire les foudres de sa soeur
André Boisclair vexé par les propos de la gouverneure générale du Canada
Boisclair choqué par les propos de Michaëlle Jean
Le spectre de la cocaïne revient hanter André Boisclair
Mme Jean a tenu parole en promettant de «faire une folle d'elle», dit le PQ