Tomorrow, without changing any law, PM could change selection process for Governor General to make it democratic, multi-partisan and Canadian
OTTAWA – Today, as part of its Democratic Head Campaign which is supported by a majority of Canadians according to recent surveys by the Angus Reid Institute and Leger, Democracy Watch called on Prime Minister Trudeau to make three simple changes (none of which need any change to any law, or the Constitution) to democratize and Canadianize the choice of the next Governor General (GG) and each provincial Lieutenant Governor (LG):
Change the selection process for the GG by having a fully independent commission (whose members are chosen by all party leaders in the House of Commons) do a merit-based search for a short-list of well-qualified candidates, and then have leaders of the parties in the House and in all provincial legislatures participate in a secret, ranked ballot vote to choose the GG;
The PM would then present the choice of GG to King Charles, but make it clear he is not asking for the King’s approval, and if the King then approves Canada’s choice it will change the constitutional protocol and convention and make it clear that the King will always approve whomever Canada chooses as its GG, and;
Change the selection process for each LG by having a similar independent commission search for candidates, and then the leaders of the parties in the provincial legislature would choose the LG in a ranked ballot vote, and the GG would then appoint that person as LG as set out in section 58 of the Constitution.