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The GG's a jogger

Governor General David Johnston surprised everyone this morning at a Sunday run group in the west end of Ottawa.  And why would he chose the mean streets over his own personal manicured trails at Rideau Hall?

Why, his daughter Jen is the group leader, of course.

Johnston was fetching in his non-regal shorts and shirt. He barely broke a sweat doing 10 kilometres in just over an hour. After posing for a group photo with everyone, he took off with his security detail, reminding his daughter supper was on the table at 6:30 with a fatherly "don't be late." 

Martin releases audio of Teneycke's 'among them, the Queen' comments

Did Prime Minister Stephen Harper consider going above former Governor General Michaelle Jean's head if she denied his request to prorogue Parliament in 2008? A new book, Harperland, says yes.

Author Lawrence Martin interviewed Harper's then director of communications, Kory Teneycke, who said another avenue the PM would have considered, and I quote: "among them, the Queen." Teneycke says it was a flippant comment. Martin disagrees. Here is the audio and transcript from the interview Martin did with Teneycke:

Lawrence: "You will recall the PM said he would explore every legal avenue on this thing. I mean and he gave the impression that,you know, the GG is only one avenue here. There are other options, right?
Kory: "Among them the Queen."
Lawrence: "What do you mean, 'among them the Queen'?"
Kory: "Well, ultimately, I don't think that the monarchy would ever support that kind of action. I just don't! 'cause take a look at what happened..."
Lawrence: "You mean if the GG gave one decision, you could go a step higher?"
Kory: " Well, the ultimate step in this stuff is public opinion. There would be rioting in the streets if that happened. I think literally."
Lawrence : "Yeah because you guys did a fantastic job of turning public opinion around."
Kory: " yeah, I'm not sure that us turning public opinion around is accurate. There is (pause) public opinion was there."

The new GG's binary banner: what's it mean?


David Johnston, the new Governor General, has the digital world confused.

Just what is the meaning of that 33 character-long string of ones and zeros that is emblazoned across the bottom of his fresh new Coat of Arms

According to the GG's website, "The wavy band inscribed with zeros and ones represents a flow of information, digital communication and modern media."

Alrighty then. But does it have any meaning?

Maybe. But if so, it's well and truly hidden.

Perhaps a real code monkey could divine an answer. But the smartest computer guy I know, my brother, couldn't figure it out.

Johnston's speech: a 'smart and caring nation'

Hit the jump to read the prepared remarks of Gov. Gen. David Johnston:

Getting the David Johnston interview


I didn't set out to get an exclusive interview with the incoming Governor General because I frankly didn't think it was possible. But I did phone the University of Waterloo and asked for help in contacting friends of David Johnston in the area. I was particularly interested in his role in envisioning Waterloo as a knowledge incubator. Waterloo has a richness in advanced technology businesses, particularly RIM and Open Text; it has the university, of course, and its history is the tradition of collaborative Mennonite farming. I'd heard that Johnston had brought all those qualities together.

The communications staff at Waterloo seemed particularly interested in this question. "Why don't you ask David?" they said. There had been a lot of interview requests, but they might be able to slot me in, as long as I undertook not to ask him questions about the role of Governor General which he didn't think he should address until he was actually in the post.

So I showed up, with a television crew, early on Monday morning, one of Johnston's last days as president. His office was half packed up, strewn with cardboard boxes, but still on the walls were dozens of photographs of his family. There were lots of photos of his wife and five daughters and his seven grandchildren. Most were taken at Chatterbox, the farm eleven miles from the university in Mennonite country where his wife boards horses.

He's very approachable, I was told. Kenneth McLaughlin, professor emeritus at Waterloo and the university's historian, said that the first question David (as he calls him) asks him is, always, "How are your grandchildren?" McLaughlin said that at a prestigious university event, full of dignitaries, the first thing David Johnston, the president after all, did when he entered the room, before greeting anyone, was get down on his hands and knees in order to say hello to McLaughlin's granddaughter, then aged one.

"That's David," he said.

Rideau Hall neighbours say farewell to Jean

With just a few more hours left in the Governor General's time at Rideau Hall, children and neighbours are gathering in the rain to say goodbye.

Daniel Stanton, 11, gave Michaelle Jean flowers at her inauguration five years ago. He is making a return engagement, more flowers in hand.

This afternoon, Jean will plant a tree at Rideau Hall, as all Governor Generals do. Of course, the tree is already planted. She will add a shovel full of dirt and thank her neighbours.

Jean won't be far from the tree; she and her family are moving just down the block.   

Teneycke's Queen-GG assertion 'false': PMO

From colleague Hannah Thibedeau:

If mom says no, is it then OK to then ask dad?  Well...Prime Minister Stephen Harper appears to think so.

In Lawrence Martin's new book, Harperland, he talks about the 2008 constitutional crisis.The Conservative government was on the verge of being taken down by the opposition coalition. So the PM went to Gov.-Gen. Michaelle Jean and requested a prorogation of Parliament.

But if Jean wouldn't save Harper's government, he would have gone over her head, the book says.

According to the book, Lawrence Martin asked Kory Teneycke, then Harper's director of communications, what other avenues the PM was exploring in case the decision had gone against him.

Teneycke replied, "Well, among them, the Queen."

Senate speculation ramps up on the Hill

Senate rumours are swirling to fill the gap created by the hiatus on Parliament Hill. Ever since Stephen Harper prorogued Parliament on Dec. 30, the buzz has been all about who he will appoint to fill five Senate vacancies.

There are currently two empty seats in Ontario, one in Quebec, one in New Brunswick and one in Newfoundland. Senate appointments require balance among the provinces of the Confederation, but also balance within each province.

ProrogueWatch: And now it's really, really official


Late yesterday our Kady O'Malley finally confirmed the answer to the big question of the day: Are we or are we not prorogued?
Today in the Canada Gazette, the answer has been made even more official.
The proclamation is worth a read, if for no other reason than the references to "Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Michaelle Jean..."!

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