I suggest we live things just the way they are.
Countries around the world envy our political system and I personally see no reason to scrap it.
I think it is disingenuous to complain about the cost of the Governor General or the Lieutenant Governors.
Our political system and constitution was repatriated years ago.
Canada in no legal or political way answers to the UK and never will.
The GG and the LG's are simply names referring to components of our legislative systems.
Complaining about their costs is like complaining about the cost of printing the Queens head on our money or naming the RCMP the RCMP.
It means nothing its just a name and a tradition and it has nothing to do with costs.
But I do understand that the Quebecois would like to purge all traces of the monarchy from Canada's history.
And so I would assume would posters with the name "DumptheMonarchy".
And I do realize that some folks may dislike or even despise Canada's history and traditions but that's your thing not mine.
So assuming we are not going to reopen the constitutional debate and all that entails it seems to me that the GG and LG's are safe for the moment.
Anyway I like Michaelle Jean and I think she is doing a heck of a job.
Lucky to have her I say.
So lets just talk about the few mill it costs us to host the Royal's.
Frankly I could care less if they came over here or not.
Most of us agree they are simply traditional figureheads of times gone by.
But are they useful?
I think maybe so.
It gives Canada another attachment and communication pipeline to the UK and hence the EU.
Granted the Royal's are primarily ceremonial in function but make no mistake they do have contacts and linkages to the very highest levels of government in the UK.
And if the chips were really down having a backdoor to the highest level of government within the UK possibly could be handy.
Is that worth having?
Again I think possibly so.
After all its all about connections and linkages and networking.
The UK is probably as good an ally to have as any and I think networking into the EU community is probably not a bad idea for Canada.
I think Canada needs to establish as many and as diverse a group of links as it can get.
Which brings me to the Commonwealth thing.
Why not be a member?
It's another set of linkages that Canada could possibly use for trade or business purposes.
I see nothing wrong with exploiting our common past with Australia, New Zealand, Singapore or India.
Maybe we could make a buck or two at it.
Anything to diversify our connections and trade partners I say.
And what does it cost really as far as the Royal's are concerned?
20 or 30 million?
For a few parades and a couple of royal visits.
And if we can wangle a few trade deals and network ourselves into high levels of EU government or influence it's REALLY peanuts.
So forgive me if I seem ruthless about the whole deal but I could care less about the parades and visits.
For me its all about Canadian business and influence and trade.
So I can see why Americans and American lovers would oppose Canada improving its non-American foreign connections.
And I can see why the anti-federalist Quebecois would be opposed.
But really, what in the long haul is most advantageous for Canada?
My opinion is to exploit it to the hilt.