Monday, January 18, 2010

durante bene placito regis

Denying rumours of his resignation, Vic Toews today said:

"I serve at the pleasure of the prime minister."

Now I'm not going to make a mountain out of this. For all purposes, the cabinet does serve at the pleasure of the Prime Minister. Nonetheless, the use of this thoroughly American cabinet phrase, with its royal origins, still struck me as funny given recent happenings.

For more on this interesting phrase, read this Safire article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/13/magazine/13wwln-safire-t.html

(h/t BigCityLib for the story)

EDITED TO ADD: Not to say that Toews is technically correct. As an MP, Vic Toews obviously does not serve at the pleasure of the Prime Minister.

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