The monarchy is part of our history, but should no longer be a part of our politics.
The article also discusses how the federal Conservatives want to make symbols of the crown more visible.
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By Jessica Murphy ,Parliamentary Bureau First posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 7:17:37 EDT PM | Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 7:25:02 EDT PM
OTTAWA - Canadian monarchists charge republicans have been trying for years to hide symbols of the Crown so no one would miss it when it was gone.
"Republicans were very clever," Robert Finch, chairman of the Monarchist League of Canada, said.
"For years we saw symbols of the Crown slowly being eroded and hidden away.
Heck, the average person would have no idea that Canada was a monarchy."
But now the Conservative government is doing its best to revive the profile of the monarchy in Canada.
The latest in a series of subtle moves to highlight the Crown is the Harper government's decision to hang a portrait of the Queen in the lobby of the Foreign Affairs building, replacing paintings by Quebec artist Alfred Pellan.
"My first reaction is if feng shui at Fort Pearson is the most pressing issue at Foreign Affairs," NDP MP Pat Martin, a staunch republican, said Wednesday, referring to the Lester B. Pearson Building, where Foreign Affairs is headquartered.
But he shrugs off the redecoration as part of the Tories' move to market a more "conservative traditionalism" for political points.
"God, Queen and country, militarism is the motif they are trying to create," he said. "It's by design."
References to the Queen have been sneaking back into news releases - referring to the NDP as "Her Majesty's Official Opposition", for example - and the Governor General's website has been revamped and rewritten to highlight the Queen and underscore her role as head of state.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper also placed himself front and centre during recent royal tours.
Tom Freda, director of Citizens for a Canadian Republic, said the changes have been "noticed, alright," but shrugged them off as "morsels."
"They're all window dressing," he said, noting republicans won some battles that the Conservatives haven't tried to overturn so far.
In 2003, the government initiated a slew of changes in the public service, including dropping the requirement for federal civil servants to swear allegiance to the Queen.
In 2005, references to the Queen were removed from official letters to foreign heads of state, which are now issued in the name of the Governor General.
"Those (changes) are permanent," Freda said. "They cannot be revoked, they cannot be changed. Canada is on a republican path."