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Depends on how you define respect, most Canadians have never really given it much thought, the Queen has been on our money for a long, long time that people accept it as actuality, people like the pomp and circumstance of the vice regal duties of the Governor General at Rideau Hall, that sort of thing, and of course whenever there's a royal visit everyone is all aflutter but that's more the celebrity of it than a bowing respect.
I see. What exactly is the Governor General and what do they do? Are they ever women?
The Governor General is a mostly symbolic role as the Queen's representative to Parliament, he or she preside over the newly elected Government throne speech (a motion of confidence that in a minority seat situation could be voted down, thus trigging an election) he or she is consulted or "informed" of the intent to call an election by the incumbent Prime Minister, this always happens as it is law. Back when Stephen Harper was Prime Minister he asked the GG to prorogue Parliament which bought Harper political cover without triggering an election, this angered a great many people and was instrumental in his eventual downfall, in a minority situation as I alluded to above, if the Government falls on a matter of confidence the GG does have the discretion to ask the leader of the Loyal Opposition if he or she can form a Government without an election being called, I'm not sure if this has ever happened certainly not in my life time, but the potential is there.
There have been three female Governor General's, Adrienne Clarkson, Michaelle Jean, and the recently disgraced Julie Payette.
It’s very interesting and I don’t understand it all. Mainly the part about giving himself cover. I’ve heard the name Harper but not the women. I’m going to do some reading.
Basically Harper was in a bad place in 2008/9, to avoid an election he would have likely lost he asked the GG to prorogue Parliament, thereby suspending the session and preventing a vote of confidence which would bring down the Government, he was then able to ride it out and return to governing after the Opposition split and he once again enjoyed the confidence of the House.
I see. Complex politics. What do your politicians typically do after they leave office?
Most join Boards of corporations or think tanks, some write books or some combination of the two, in a few cases they return to practicing Law.
Here they mostly make a lot of money.
When someone is expecting a baby, it's very, very common for those related to, friends, and those that are around the expecting person/couple to ask among themselves which side of the family, and/or which parent they think the child will most resemble. Prince Harry was likely not aware of those types of conversations, and so may have been surprised by it. When he told Meghan, she likely put the idea of someone being concerned about the child's skin color in there herself, which then, of course, would have upset, and shocked Prince Harry.
I found it interesting that in the book, Royally Suited, Harry, and Meghan in their own words, Meghan brings up racism. On page 52, one finds the following: "My dad is Caucasian, my mom is African-American. I'm half black, and half white". "Feeling to light in the black community, too mixed in the white community for castings."
It sounds a bit as though she was blaming race when she didn't get a part she auditioned for. Too Black, too Mixed, too White for the part? If she didn't get parts she auditioned for, it couldn't possibly have been due to the casting director not being impressed with how she read for the part, or something of that nature, or perhaps her attitude. Nope had to be her race. I'm not saying she has never experienced racism in her life, but she has lived a rather privileged life.
I didn’t think about that but it could have been as innocent as someone wondering if their child would favor Harry, with fair skin, freckles and red hair, or Meghan, who may be half black but she is more light completed than not. That could be why she didn’t name the person, because if it was explained reasonably that would not fit her narrative.
Racism didn’t factor into being hired for Suits. Meghan is a beautiful woman and an adequate actress. Much goes into casting that has nothing at all to do with race. In fact, I watched Suits for years and didn’t even realize Meghan was black until reading an interview where she was accusing someone else at the time of racism.
With child actors, they usually want them to resemble the actors cast as parents, so it is actually much harder for a mixed race child actor to be hired for a role than a Black actor if the parents are Black.