support a foreign/British Queen?
While it is true that Elizabeth II was born in Britain, she
is the head of state in Canada. The Queen is not "a foreigner". This is
because citizenship is determined by law, not
by place of birth or place of ordinary residence. By law, the
Queen in right of Canada is a Canadian. Elizabeth II sees Canada as one of her homes, and by tradition, law and history, she is not
just the Queen of the United Kingdom, but also the Queen of Canada. Her position
in the Canadian government keeps Canada unique and not another cultural colony of
the United States.
keep the links with Britain?
The only link Canada shares with Britain is that of the
Queen, not that of the monarchy. The monarchy has evolved to the point of being
entirely Canadian. Besides, Canada shares a Queen not only with Britain but also
with New Zealand, Jamaica, Australia, The Bahamas, and countless other
ethnically different nations.
While anti-monarchists have a xenophobic notion, the monarchical link places Canada ahead of other nations attempting to become
Canada is already a global nation, sharing a multicultural monarchy with many different
nations. Colonialism is dead, the "British
monarchy" no longer exists in Canada. Canadians
now enjoy their own CANADIAN monarchy.
not start a resident monarchy?
There has been discussion on this topic. However
at present, this is not a viable option. By starting a resident monarchy, Canada
to change too many things: Change the government of Canada,
select a monarch or prince, and dump a hugely
popular monarch. This may cause unnecessary financial and social alarm.
The Canadian monarchy as it stands now, provides Canada with an excellent
democratic system and is virtually free of charge. YES! Canadians don't pay the
not a republic?
A republic is fine for some nations, but not Canada. Canada is the neighbour of the world's most dominant
republic. As such, the monarchy keeps Canada distinct from the United States.
The Canadian monarchy is
even more democratic than a republic since the head of state represents all Canadians,
and not just those who voted him/her in office (as is the case in republics). Also,
by abolishing the monarchy, Canadians will be dumping their past and traditions - the
factors which determine nationhood.
6. Doesn't the monarchy
cost too much?
This is a huge misconception! Canadians do not pay
the Queen or the Royal Family anything. Canadians simply cover the expenses of the Governor-General and Lieutenant Governors.
This payment is not in the tens of millions of dollars as is widely believed.
Canadian taxpayer in Canada pay roughly $1 - $1.75 per year or roughly $10 million
dollars in total per year. Meanwhile, the Americans pay 2-3 times that amount each
year to cater their president. The French and Germans pay even more! Canadians do however pay for the Royal
visits, which are always profitable for the government. This is because of the tourist dollars spent by Canadians (and Americans who flock
north of the border) to see members of the Royal Family.
7. Isn't the monarchy
No! While the Queen is an important person in the nation,
she is certainly not above the law. One must also not forget that anyone can become
the Queen's regal representative (the Governor General). Finally, even in
republics, the President is in a higher social class than that of the average
While ABSOLUTE monarchies (i.e. Saudi Arabia) are not democratic,
Constitutional Monarchies (Canada, the UK,
Japan, Sweden, Norway etc...) are the world's most democratic nations. In some
constitutional monarchies, the Monarch has extensive
"emergency powers", which enable him/her to
deal with a corrupt government and promote
democracy. Constitutional monarchies also enable a non-political head of state,
free from the corruption of politics. Finally, some of the most undemocratic nations of the world
(i.e. Iraq, China, Burma etc...) are republics, while most monarchies are
monarchy isn't multicultural, is it?
The monarchy represents the majority, if not all Canadians.
The Canadian Monarchy has elements of the French and British Monarchy,
and is the only part of our government which is respected by most of the
aborigines. The Queen herself is quite multicultural, having Albanian, Arab,
Armenian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Georgian,
German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Lithuanian, Mongol, Norman,
Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scottish, Serbian,
Spanish, Swedish, Swiss, Tartar, Ukrainian and Welsh blood flowing in her
10. Other Commonwealth nations such as Australia and Barbados are becoming republics, why shouldn't
Canada follow them?
There is an old saying: "If your friend jumps
off a cliff, will you?" While there are plans
in Jamaica and Barbados to abolish their
respective monarchies, that does not mean that
Canada should follow. As for Australia, a referendum in November 1999 on the matter was
defeated. The only
reason there was a "republican craze" in Australia was because of the
relentless pushing of a former republican
prime minister. Barbados is also re-writing its
constitutions and there are talks of eliminating their monarchy. Again, there is no
clear popular support for abolition from the entire
population. Whatever the outcome, Canada's monarchy is too important to
Can I help?
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and Charter ]. You can set up your own Canadian Monarchist site, complete with your
own petition and spread the idea of our monarchy. If you need any help,
feel free to [ contact ] CMO!
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