Well, the Prof come home real happy
--- they'd appointed an archademic governing generale of Kanada. The Prof figures
she'll be next. She's jist goin' down to buy a Tory party card. Why settle for
head honcho at the B.C. Human Rights Commission when a gal can have the whole
But for me --- I was plenty worried.
Last time I was down at the Long Bar at the Alberta Hotel, Paddy Nolan was waxing
elegant about this Lord Acton fellow --- Lordy, Lordy this Lordy's words were
true --- "Great men are almost always bad men ..." said Lord Acton. From livin'
with the Prof I can tell ya that it ain't only great men --- if ya mean by great
--- powerful --- it's great women too --- in spades.
So I'm not only worried about me
--- I'm worried about all my fellow Canuck citizens. Cause if the Prof governs
Kanada as governing generale --- well don't that mean that she's got absolute
power. And that's what else Acton said: "absolute power corrupts absolutely".
If ya live with someone like the prof ya don't need to be a Lordy or a Duke
or a Count No Count ta figure that one out. It scared the livin' daylights out
I got so worked-up --- why, I called
Paddy Nolan, the constertutonal expert:
"Old Timer --- there's good news
and there's bad news."
"Give me the good news first
cause I might die hearin' the bad news before I hears the good."
"Well power in our government
is supposed to be divided --- because everyone knows that politicians and big-shots
in general are nasty sobs, nasty as they come --- there's only one way ta deal
with them --- give some other sob equal powers --- and then go one step further
--- cause these people have a tendency to get together for conspiracies ---
give a third sob equal powers as well. That way, if sob#1 gets out of line,
sob #2 goes after him and, if sob#1 and sob#2 get together so the two of them
can get out of line --- sob#3 gets after the two of them. --- so in the system
we got from England --- there was a King and he or she was appointed (accordin'
to the head of the Monarchist League) by God --- and there was an assembly of
citizens called a parliament --- and there was the courts. If the king got out
of line -- as Mark Twain said: 'All kings is mostly rapscallions' --- then the
parliament jumped on him and if either or both got out of line the courts jumped
"Hey --- that's a heck of a
system --- now I'll be able to sleep at night. Come to think of it --- maybe
the solution to my relartionship with the prof is to bring in a third person
--- a menager tra as they call it ... Anyway, I'll sleep good tonight --- knowin'
"Hold it Old Timer --- what
I just told you is the good news. The bad news is that the system works O.K.
in England and in the U.S., where the King's called the President. But in Canada
--- what's happened is that --- somehow or other, one person, the Prime Minister
controls the parliament --- and also gets to appoint the judges in the courts
and gets to appoint the King which is here called the Governor General. Now
the old Governor General, Michaëlle Jean was appointed by Paul Martin,
who was in power before the Big Brother who's now in power. When Big Brother
went to her in 2008 to prorogue the minority parliament so he could continue
controlling it - she thought it over for a few days before doing it. Well the
Big Boy decided right there and then that he'd replace Michaëlle with a
yes-man --- someone who when Big Brother told him to jump would --- in a New
York second --- whisper 'how high'; if BB wanted a cup of coffee, the yes-man'd
fetch it in the wink of an eye and, if BB told him to prorogue parliament, the
yes-man'd say 'I did it yesterday'. There was one guy who he knew was a sure
thing --- David Johnston. When BB ordered him to arrange a white-wash of old
Tory Brian Mulroney who took bribes to make Air Canada buy Airbus airplanes
-- he set up a whitewash toute suite. And Johnston's sure greatful to get this
job --- tons of perks and you've got it made for life. And this worthy's a name-dropper
and he'll love traipsing around in fancy uniforms and being called 'Your Excellency'."
"Well did this guy have anythin'
goin' for him?"
"On the surface sure. He was
your typical academic suck-up --- he was a professor of law --- a pretty terrible
one --- according to a letter written in to the Globe and Mail by one of his
students, Regis Philbin:
David Johnston was one of the worst instructors I had at McGill Law School. Each class featured a significant amount of name dropping, the textbook was a half-completed work in progress (authored by himself, of course) and very little time was spent on the substance of the course. While it is fine to call yourself an academic, it was clear that his students interest ranked second behind his own. It is disingenuous to call him an academic simply because he worked at an academic institution. Im sure he has been a terrific administrator his political connections, which we learned more about than securities law, would have helped him in that role.
But he knew how to suck up to the
establishment and eventually got appointed President of the University of Waterloo."
"Didn't the media say anythin'?"
"Only two journalists said anything
negative --- both in the Globe and Mail --- Norman Spector, Mulroney's head
bureaucrat. And Rick Salutin --- one of the Globe's resident lefties. Have a
look at the following rare stories in the Canadian media: