Why in the world are we commemorating this weekend an elderly woman who died more than a century ago? It’s true that Queen Victoria reigned for 64 years but in 2008 when more Canadians than ever want to cut all ties with the monarchy, isn’t it high time we ditched the Victoria day weekend (the name, not the holiday)? The English themselves don’t celebrate Victoria day.
Couldn’t we come up with another name that reflects our hard-won identity as a sovereign nation? A couple have been suggested: Founders Day, Macdonald-Cartier Day.
But if we can’t bring ourselves to call it Macdonald-Cartier Day, because, after all, they were both Conservatives and white males and politicians and one (Macdonald) got soused a lot, and because, after all, they were only representatives of “settlers” who arrived from afar, why not call it Aboriginal Day, in commemoration of those who predated the settlers.
Do you agree it’s high time we dropped the title Victoria Day?
Do you have any thoughts about what we might rename this holiday weekend?