Canada mature nation without monarchy's 'muscle' (external - login to view)
Edmonton Journal January 30, 2011
Re: "Monarchy is democratic muscle," by Philip Raworth, Letters, Jan. 16.
Philip Raworth began his support of the monarchy with the words " ... while I as an Englishman ... ."
I will begin with, I as a Canadian, I as a citizen of this and not a foreign country, take no pleasure in seeing that no Canadian is deemed worthy enough to be our head of state. What rubbish!
The queen seems to be a likable enough person, who inherited her job because of her genes and not because she had any other qualifications. Canada is a mature nation -- a member of numerous prestigious world organizations. We are no one's colony. The British monarch is one member of a white, privileged, Anglo saxon family, who lives in a foreign country, subsidized by the English government and in fact is regarded as the head of the Church of England. If that is not enough to turn us off, consider that the queen does not live or work in Canada, pays no taxes, nor is she expected to take on any of the responsibilities of a Canadian citizen.
In short, that our judges, lawyers, military -- to name a few -- must swear allegiance to a foreigner who proclaims to be our commander-in-chief is simply ridiculous.
The short-term problem is that while the present monarch seems a decent, sensible enough person, that cannot be said of the antics of several other members of that "royal" family. Would we want any of them to move into the role of our head of state?
What of the monetary cost of the monarchy to Canada with appointed subordinates as representatives of the monarch, i.e. the governor general, lieutenant governors and the cost of visits and security?
What of our countrymen who are of a different colour, heritage or religion? Does having an English monarch make them feel more equal?
We could elect a Canadian as our own head of state, by our members of Parliament, from the members of Parliament for a seven-year term, which extends beyond the mandate of any individual Canadian government.
It is time we matured as a country and dropped this whole monarchy nonsense before we go any further.
Harry Buddle, Edmonton
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