Or as close to it as possible
With Michaelle Jean set to vacate Rideau Hall and Prime Minister Stephen Harper set to choose her replacement, a great many Canadians seem excited to find out who her replacement will be.
A great many more do not.
It really isn't that difficult to understand why. Canadian political appointments have long been anticlimactic. Speculation abounds leading up to the appointment, then Canadians shrug their shoulders afterward.
Compare this to political appointments in the United States, where appointees are scrutinized by elected figures, and subjected to a lengthy confirmation process.
Discussion of the appointment before the fact has actual meaning in the United States. In Canada it doesn't. In Canada, citizens have very little -- more like no -- input into these appointments. South of the 49th parallel, at least citizens have some indirect influence on the matter.
That Canada's head of state -- or, rather the representative of Canada's head of state -- can be appointed in a manner so utterly inconsequential to the majority of Canadians is entirely unacceptable to any country considering itself to be a democracy.
It's long been time that Canada's political appointments are either subject to a confirmation process or, better yet in the case of the Governor General, an election.