Monday, 29 June 2009

Our Union Jack bloomers in a twist...

I couldn't help but laugh when I read this insightful commentary by Rafe Mair. Mr. Mair definitely has his hate-on for the Monarchist League of Canada. That must mean we are making a real difference out there, my friends!

Now, Mr. Mair, believe it or not was actually British Columbia's minister responsible for constitutional affairs leading up to the repatriation of the Constitution back in the 80s. How scary is that?

Mr. Rafe's rant about the MLC is full of the typical stereo-types. But, his suggestion that we simply make the Governor General the head of state is jaw-dropping. (And, this guy represented BC in constitutional negotiations? Yikes)

Yes, it is true that the Governor General performs most (not all) of the constitutional duties of the Crown, but it is important to remember that the GG draws her authority from The Queen. She represents The Queen. The Queen appoints her. See the problem, Mr. Rafe? If you get rid of The Queen, from where does the GG draw her authority? Who does she represent? And, how does she become GG? Hmm, back to the drawing board, sir.

In the meantime, I am honoured that we amuse you.


Royal Visit, GG to Open Olympics, GG Presents New Queen's Colour

Happy Monday, Monarchists.

It sure has been a busy weekend in the world of monarchy. It was with great enthusiasm that the League welcomed the news that the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will embark on an extensive tour in Canada this November. As you may know, this visit has been a long time in the works. As the heir to the Canadian throne, it is imperative that Canadians get more acquanited with Charles and Camilla. I believe this tour is crucial to the long-term health of the Crown in this country; I also believe this tour will be a resounding success!

This weekend also brought the announcement that the Governor General will open the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. I know that many of you wanted to see Her Majesty The Queen - our head of state - open the Games. Believe me, in an ideal world this would have occurred. But, we don't live in an ideal world, and to be perfectly honest, I would much rather have Her Majesty visit various parts of the country when she does come (later in 2010) when better weather will make the visit that much more enjoyable - for Canadians and for Her Majesty!

The third bit of royal news had the Governor General present a new Queen's Colour to the Canadian Navy. It is always refreshing to see how seriously Her Excellency takes her role as Commander-in-Chief.

Until next time,

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Roméo LeBlanc, 1927-2009

The Right Honourable Roméo-Adrien LeBlanc, former Governor General of Canada, has passed away at the age of 81. Mr. LeBlanc served as Her Majesty The Queen's representative from 1995 to 1999.

The first Acadian to serve as vice-regal, Mr. LeBlanc's raised Canadians' awareness of Acadian culture and history - and was seen by many as a symbol for reconciliation between Acadians and the Crown.

Mr. LeBlanc was a very modest man. He often found it difficult to accept some of the ceremonial aspects that came with the vice-regal post. For example, he would ask women to go through the door ahead of him, even though as Governor General the courtesy of "going first" belonged to him. This was the down-to-earth character of Roméo-LeBlanc.

During his time as Governor General, Mr. LeBlanc championed volunteerism, culminating in the creation of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award. He also took a keen interest in the teaching of Canadian history (he was a former educator himself), and Canada's Aboriginal peoples. In 1996, he issued a Royal Proclamation making National Aboriginal Day an annual observation.

Roméo LeBlanc died at his home in New Brunswick after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. Mr. LeBlanc is survived by his wife Diana Fowler LeBlanc and their four children.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

The Queen and Canada

"One could say the monarchy is a package deal for Canadians - representing our past, reflecting our present and joining in our future."

I came across this column in this week's edition of The Georgian, a weekly community newspaper in Newfoundland. It's a well written piece that effectively addresses the "concern" republicans have when it comes to democracy under the Crown and speaks to the unifying factor The Queen plays in a country as diverse as Canada.

In short, it answers the question of how we Canadians would be better off without the monarchy. The answer? We wouldn't be!

The paper is marking the 50th anniversary of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's 45-day tour of Canada and the United States by compiling memories of locals who were there the day the Royal Couple visited.

Until next time

Monday, 1 June 2009

In The Queen We Trust

Canadians, it appears, trust The Queen. According to a Reader's Digest survey, The Queen is the second most trusted Canadian. Social critic Robert Fulford states that "We admire those who stick to the same job forever and ever. What we feel for them is a deeper-than-politics conservative instinct. In this sense, Wayne Gretzky is the perfect Canadian athlete. The Queen qualifies in the same way.”

That The Queen ranks so high is not surprising. For almost 60 years, Her Majesty has served Canadians dutifully and selflessly. The Queen has always put the interests of Canada ahead of herself. That is what a constitutional monarch does.

Trust is definitely a characteristic we should look for in a head of state. After all, this is the person who appoints our Governor General (who herself appears on the list), the person who holds ultimate executive authority in our government, the person in whose name laws are passed and enforced, and the person who raises above day-to-day divisive politics to represent all of us.

The survey also asked Canadians whom they would trust in particular situations. The Queen came in a resounding first when asked whom they trusted to keep an embarassing secret. Again, this should not be a surprise. If there is one person in the world prime ministers and others can consult and console in, it's Her Majesty.

The lesson I take from this survey is that Her Majesty The Queen, with age, experience, care, and compassion, continues to garner the respect - and trust! - of Canadians.

Now, how many republican politician presidents could match that? Not very many, I imagine. Not very many.

Until next time,