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In a fascinating conversation, constitutional scholar and former MP Dr. Edward McWhinney talked with Joseph Planta about his new book The Governor General and the Prime Ministers: The Making and Unmaking of Governments (Ronsdale Press, 2005). Also discussed is the significance of the office in our country’s politics, and the possibility of reform.


The Governor General and the Prime Ministers by Edward McWhinney. (Ronsdale Press, 2005)

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: The Governor General and the Prime Ministers


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

Canada has been in a period of minority government since the election in 2004, and it looks like we’ll be again after January 23rd. The role of the head of state in matters political has been important, and will doubtless continue to be in the future. A timely book from Ronsdale Press, The Governor General and the Prime Ministers: The Making and Unmaking of Governments looks at the office and its inhabitants, and discusses just how important the office is, and not merely the rubber stamp or symbolic position we were taught it was in high school.

The author of the book, Dr. Edward McWhinney joins me on the line this morning to talk about this quintessentially Canadian office, and the continuing role the monarchy will play in this country and throughout the Commonwealth. Ted McWhinney is a pre-eminent Canadian constitutional scholar. He has advised a score of prime ministers, premiers, and governors general, and from 1993 to 2000 was the member of parliament for Vancouver Quadra.

Please welcome to THECOMMENTARY.CA, Ted McWhinney; Good morning, Dr. McWhinney.

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