OTTAWA, Sept 16 ( – Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien has chosen for his last two Governor-General appointments individuals who were living common-law rather than being married. The National Post reports today that both the current appointment for the Queen’s representative in Parliament, Adreienne Clarkson, and the former Romeo LeBlanc were selected for the role while in common law relationships. Just prior to their official appointments both got married.

Critics argue the Prime Minister encouraged the marriages so as to make his selections look like good role models for society while he is not concerned at all about the ethics except in relation to political considerations. After 15 years of living common law Adrienne Clarkson, 60, was married to Rauston Saul at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto on July 31, by the head of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Michael Peers.