The Rule of Law on which democracy is premised requires that rules and due process be clearly defined in advance so that outcomes are not left to the arbitrary decisions of individual government officials.
Most Canadians rarely give much thought to their Governor General. But with the polls forecasting a minority government, Democracy Watch founder Duff Conacher says it’s time we start addressing the unwritten authority of the vice regal. Conacher warns that if no party wins a majority in Monday’s election, Governor General David Johnston’s role could go from ribbon cuttings and fancy hats to appointing the next prime minister and the length of their term.
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