Canadian Republic

Monarchism’s last gasp as protest against decline of old WASP hegemony in Canada (and Australia etc)

May 17th, 2017 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Republic

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017. Toronto, Ontario.  This coming Monday we will celebrate locally what is known here in Ontario (and other Canadian provinces) as Victoria Day.  (In Quebec the same holiday is now more sensibly called  Journée nationale des patriotes.) The holiday is nowadays defined as “the last Monday preceding May 25.” And this entrenches [...]



Happy Canada Day 2016 — for Canadians biggest Brexit impact may be Canadexit from King Charles III

Jun 30th, 2016 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Republic

TORONTO, CANADA. JUNE 30, 2016. Our local and regional stock markets are back,  and it is starting to seem that the Brexit crisis in the United Kingdom is not going to precipitate a global depression after all. It does nonetheless remain something of a bigger-than-expected political (and no doubt economic) disturbance in the UK itself. [...]



Laughing to keep from crying in the Commonwealth realms : Justin Trudeau meets the Queen

Nov 25th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Republic

A few days ago on Canadian TV the always interesting Susan Riley in Ottawa was expressing her delight at the first few weeks of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For a moment many of us shared her feelings. But then the otherwise excellent Ms Riley could think of no higher way of concluding her praise than [...]



More joy in heaven for Heather Mallick’s change of heart on the British monarchy in Canada .. but ..

Jul 16th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Republic

Up here in the northern woods, watching the Canadian sunset over the lake in July, I am starting to think that Andrew Coyne was on to something last month. He told us  there “has never been an election campaign like the one on which we are now embarked. There’s a weird fin-de-siècle glow in the [...]



Canadianizing the Canadian citizenship oath — a still dangling rite of passage in the home and native land

Sep 4th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Republic

At the end of the 1864 Quebec conference that forged the constitutional beginnings of the  confederation of 1867 George Brown, founder of the old Toronto Globe and early Canadian Grit/Liberal/Reform political leader, wrote a hasty letter to his wife. He reported : “You will say our constitution is dreadfully Tory —  and it is — [...]



The new reign in Spain shows how we need to start thinking about the future of the British monarchy in Canada

Jul 13th, 2014 | By Ashok Charles | Category: Canadian Republic

Last month’s abdication of King Juan Carlos I of Spain in favour of his son triggered a fierce debate on the future of monarchy in Spain. It also brought out tens of thousands of republicans to rallies in Madrid, Barcelona, and other cities. The rally in the capital drew 20,000 and solidarity rallies took place [...]



If Justin Trudeau really needs a policy risk — what about citizen assemblies on the British monarchy in Canada?

Feb 22nd, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Republic

The Liberal Party of Canada has some reasons for feeling good  at its Montreal convention this weekend.  (Eg : “Majority says it’s ‘time for another federal party to take over’: poll” ; “More Canadians share Justin Trudeau’s values: poll” ; and “Liberals open wider lead over Conservatives: poll.”) Two members of CBC TV’s most widely [...]



Lester Pearson’s hope for a Canadian republic .. after the fall of France in 1940

Nov 13th, 2013 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Republic

Remembrance Day 2013 — the day before yesterday — is still somewhat on my mind. And I am remembering that the fall of France in June 1940 had a brief dramatic impact across the sea in Canada. As the historian Arthur Lower explained in his old textbook Colony to Nation : “When the fall of [...]



A debate on the future of the British monarchy in Canada has put down roots .. and it’s not going away

Jul 24th, 2013 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Republic

Yesterday a Toronto Star editorial opined : “Welcome to the world, eight-pound, six-ounce royal baby boy. While untold others were born on the same day to equally excited parents, no one else is third in line to the throne …”  (Ultimately, the future George VII of some place, it has subsequently become clear.) At the [...]



Who really believes PM Harper’s new panel to ensure ‘non-partisan’ vice regal appointments will fix the problem?

Nov 5th, 2012 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Republic

Among other things, Premier Dalton McGuinty’s recent prorogation of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario has re-surfaced growing concerns about just how governors general of Canada and lieutenant governors of the provinces are chosen nowadays. As the Canadian Press has explained : “Former governor general Michaelle Jean came under intense scrutiny for twice agreeing to controversial [...]