Canada sometimes seems like a country doomed never to learn even the most blindingly obvious lessons. And judging by some current commentary, the shuttle-crash tenure of former governor general Julie Payette might go down as yet another missed opportunity.
“There is no better time than now for Canada to have its first Indigenous governor general,” the Hamilton Spectator argued in a Friday editorial.
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“The prime minister is looking at nothing less than a golden opportunity to remake an institution rooted in Canada’s colonial past into something more meaningful for, and reflective of, the nation of today,” the Spec opined.
“I think it is time that Canada has its first Indigenous governor general,” outgoing national chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde told Canadian Press. “I’ve always said that we need to get First Nations people into the highest levels of decision-making authority, power and influence, and the governor general, to me, is one of the highest.”