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Old 11-15-2009, 03:11 PM   #1 (permalink)

 
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Views On Canada and its ties to the British Monarchy

As a Canadian I have always questioned our relationship in this day an age with the British Monarchy, our parliament is still ran by a representative of the queen, our court of appeals is the court of queens bench. Even our money features Queen Elizibeth prominently. Now even though this is something I never understood (I never got the monarchy thing in general or why they are still around),but I have always thought it respectful especially as old women like my grandmother think so highly of the queen as a dignified woman. My question is to other Canadians or anybody else who wants to share there opinion but when the Queen inevitably passes should the connection end or should we recognize the new king in the same light? I mean we have been an independent nation for a long time and having a monarchy that is merely symbolic in there own nation as a figurehead seems meaningless. The only thing Im really unsure of is in today's UK would this been seen as a snub by a country that has always been one of our strongest allies?
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The British need to dump the Monarchy nevermind us. It's long overdue and it's just a silly tradition that serves no purpose whatsoever. That family is half delusional living in a fairy tale world and just suck $ from the ppl to do basically nothing.
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I actually wonder what my generation that live in the UK thinks of the monarchy, I wonder if they see it the same way or is it something they see as a matter of national pride. I have no real issue with allowing the Queen to serve out her days but I can't imagine seeing one of the Princes being called King, that blows me away and seems totally pointless, as a Canadian I think dumping the Queen as a figurehead would be seen as disrespectful but I think we should be preparing for when she dies because that should be our exit strategy if you will.
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Australia had a referendum on this issue 10 years ago and it failed mainly due to infighting within the republican movement and scaremongering from the monarchists.
The issue is slowly getting revived and if Rudd is re-elected I believe he will make it a priority.
However, far from an act of disrespect, the Queen has made numerous statements encouraging the independence of Australia and viewed the drive toward a Republic as a natural maturing of the nation.
Ultimately it will happen and I believe the sooner the better.

This whole issue frustrates me though because it reveals how stagnant and exclusive the political process has remained in almost all modern democracies.
For example, improvements in information technology have revolutionized our lives but our form of government remains virtually unchanged since ancient Roman times. The internet would allow cost efficient referendums to be held almost every week and the true voice of the people could be heard on all issues ranging from border protection, constitutional reform and illicit drug policy.
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