Australia could soon drop Queen Elizabeth as head of state if, as seems likely, Opposition Labour party leader, Kevin Rudd, wins the general election in October. If elected, Rudd will have a referendum to replace the Queen with an elected president.
Wouldn’t this be a good time for Canada to review our monarchical status? The fact that an eighty year-old woman, admirable though she is, theoretically governs us from Buckingham Palace seems a bit of an anomaly in this day and age.
The vast majority of Canadians are not monarchists. And that goes without saying in Quebec. When just the other day the possibility of the Queen coming to help celebrate Quebec’s 450th birthday next summer, the idea was hastily shot down. I guess so.
We would retain our governor-general who could still be nominated by the Prime Minister or could be elected. It would be quite simple to cut the ties with England and become a brand new republic.
We’ve been under the British Crown since 1759. Isn’t it high time to dump this constitutional fiction?
What do you think?
P.S. I’m off to the President’s Cup on Saturday. Hope to get close to Tiger. Neil