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Prince Charles and Lt-Gov. John Crosbie chat with the crowd at a tree-planting ceremony day in St. John's, N.L.

Ryan Remiorz

The Governor-General ate seal. John Crosbie, Newfoundland and Labrador's Lieutenant-Governor, wore a seal-skin coat to meet Prince Charles and Camilla today. Good to see those who are seen as ceremonial players use their posts to send important symbolic messages to the world.

I am sure some of the nuisance so-called animal-rights activists and some in the European Union will have a run at John. He may be in his late 70s, but he'll still be able to repel the assault. It is wonderful to see he never loses the passion to fight for the things he believes - even when his current job restricts his public commentary. Somehow he always finds a clever way out of his shackles.

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