Good morning and thank you for the honour you do me in allowing me the opportunity to speak to the National Assembly of Mali.
I am especially touched knowing that Nelson Mandela is the only other head of State having been given the privilege of addressing this august assembly.
I'm sorry. I adore the GG--the person and the office. But claiming she is head of state is slightly intolerable. She isn't. She's the Sovereign's representative. We are still a monarchy.
Don't get me wrong--I would love for us to sever the ties to the Windsors, provided that our monarchy is maintained. Make it on an elective or appointive basis--simply replace the current Sovereign with the GG.
We are one of the oldest continually sovereign countries in the world, and part of our stability is the Crown. I would prefer the Crown of Canada be worn by a Canadian.