Résultats pour le hashtag #royal

  • The deadlock and shutdown in the USA, and the 1975 resolution of deadlock in Australia, show exactly why the #royal prerogative is such a vital component of our system of government and the Governor-General must retain the discretion to take drastic action when necessary.

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    • The 1975 incident is more complex than you might realise.

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      • I’m quite well-read on the development of the modern Westminster constitution, and while it’s certainly possible that there is a subtlety to the 1975 incident that I am missing, the basic lesson is that it was an incident where a decision was taken outside of the usual constitutional and democratic conventions in an effort to restore stable…[En afficher davantage]

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    • This speaks to perhaps the benefits of a simpler unicameral system to govern the country in some electoral format. The upper house in most historical governance was created to temper the power and growth of democracy as there was fear the “lower classes” or “middle classes” may take over and change things too dramatically in the lower house. …[En afficher davantage]

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      • This wasn’t what I was referring to in my post, but on the subject of the Senate, there still remains a very legitimate concern that a dominating lower house majority will simply ignore criticism rather than do what it should and try to reconcile differences where it can. While I don’t like the current system of appointing Senators, I think that…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #royal
    I think we need to keep our ties with the monarchy. Kate and William are very popular right now. A lot of Canadians still like the monarchy. The Liberals shouldn’t toy with this one.

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    • don’t mind the royals but they are an expensive figure head.

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      • Actually if you cost compare heads of state the monarchy and Governor General are quite cheap. This isn’t just in consideration of the GG’s salary versus other heads of state, but also the material costs of running their offices and the trappings of office. Rideau Hall for example is a Budget Lodge versus the Hilton-esque expense of managing and…[En afficher davantage]

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  • Great discussions so far everyone! We’re thrilled with your participation and we look forward to additional comments on topics such as #aboriginal, #royal, #economy, #tourism, #scitech, #health, #multicultural, and especially Party #renewal – we want your input and don’t forget to use #!!

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  • Interested to know what Canadians think about adding the word “Royal” to the Canadian Air Force and Navy. Here’s the hashtag to follow: #Royal

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    • i can see some stand up comics having a field day with this one

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    • I think #Royal is a waste of time and money. New letterheads should not be DND’s top priority!

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    • I completely disagreed with Trudeau’s approach to our armed forces, though I do appreciate Canada’s peace keeping role, wjen such a role was practical. I agree with is the conservative return to three separate components for the armed forces, compliments of Mulroney and the Royal designation, compliments of the Harperists. I am a monarchist,…[En afficher davantage]

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    • What are the chances of Prince Harry or Prince William being stationed in Canada for a couple of years, on a NATO officer exchange? I think it would do Canadians good to get a hint of what it would be like to have a royal actually resident in our so called constitutional monarchy, sharing the canadian experience.

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    • John, while I hate to agree with the Conservatives on many things I think they made a good move here. The title is important in the armed forces and is dignified, respectful of the chain of command and of our head of state.

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  • #royal My note does not have much to do with Monarchy, but John McKay was going to look into why Cynthia Vanier is still in a Mexican prison. Why has Canada not insisted on bringing her back to Canada? The Queen’s justice demands it!!! I have taken Mexico off my travel list, as should all Canadians until Mexico demonstrates it can provide…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #royal
    We cannot change history and must respect the many Canadians who consider the Monarchy as part of Canada or is it vice versa…LOL.
    My claim to fame is having an Uncle who will be receiving the Queen’s jubilee medal in February and a second cousin who was a sliver in becoming the leader of the opposition in the sixties not to mention…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #royal The severance of ties with the monarchy is of immense symbolic importance to a party which styles itself as liberal and concerned with democracy. While I and every other Canadian knows that the monarchy is bereft of tangible power, the simple fact is that our country is de jure governed by an unelected entity whose qualifications amount…[En afficher davantage]

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    • There is no submission, although we often have to accept the world for how it is.

      As far as lineage goes, the Conservatives had little or no expansive thought or discussion when they introduced the female heirs to the throne Act thingy.

      What about the second and third siblings? Might they only be relegated to the Senate and/or House of Lords?…[En afficher davantage]

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      • I have no particular preference for what happens to the royal family. That’s an issue for England. What I do care about is that new Canadians have to swear fealty to an outmoded, inherently unjust political system. I care that our political system is littered with royalist regalia which is simply out of place in the 21st century. We have a party…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Michael, I agree with you. As an immigrant from Britain some 45 years ago, I might be expected to be a royalist, but I think it is high time that Canada severed all ties to the British monarchy.

      I was somewhat bemused when I bacame a Canadian citizen in 1975 that i was asked to swear allegiance to the Queen. I jokingly remarked that I did not…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Please, this sort of CIA rhetoric has no place in the Canadian fabric

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    • My impressions as a Canadian born to a Canadian born family who we immigrants from France and England and Scotland is that we owe as much allegiance to France and Scotland as we do England. Just because England helped us win a skirmish against the French and Americans should not entitle them to any modern allegiance or expenses form the citizenry…[En afficher davantage]

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    • There is nothing undemocratic about living in a constitutional monarchy. We have democratic rights, legal rights and rule of law, clearly the monarchy’s presence does not diminish those rights. In fact, over the course of its history, the monarchy has adapted and survived greatly because it has fostered and encouraged the development of these…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Just because we excise something from our parliamentary system doesn’t mean that it ceases to be an integral part of the history. The monarchy is an importance piece of Canadian history, but it’s just that: history! It serves no modern function, and, in principle, undermines democracy because it functions by appointment rather than election.…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Well said jhmorris.

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      • I totally disagree. Loyalty should be to objective observation and reason — not some King or Queen that has been randomly selected by an accident of birth. Leadership will only have my support in so much as it is well reasoned. It is the duty of citizens to run their government — not to be run by their government.

        The symbolism of monarchy…[En afficher davantage]

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        • There seems to be this modern nonsense that all of us are equaly and that any one of us can achieve 24 Sussex or the White House if all we do is work hard enough. If this is true than we admire those who become our leaders and distain those who inherit leadership. Guess what we are NOT created equal and all those who attain power do so because…[En afficher davantage]

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    • I hate to disagree with ridding us of the monarchy, but in the scale of things, it’s pretty divisive and not as discriminatory as some other things in the constitution which could be remedied.

      You might wish to sink your teeth into ridding our constitution of sections 93 1-4 of the Constitution Act 1867-1982

      This is the particular area which…[En afficher davantage]

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    • If I am not mistaken, the Prime Minister does not appear anywhere in the Canadian constitution.

      While the monarchy may seem absurd, it can serve as a practical and symbolic restraint on the power of the Prime Minister. Governments can’t pass laws that infringe on the power of the Queen (or the Governor General, or Lieutenants General)

      It is…[En afficher davantage]

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    • As far as I am concerned democracy and the vote are not synonymous! Democracy, to me, means freedom and equality of opportunity. This cannot exist in a society that lives under the terrony of the majority or worse, first past the post elections. The UN continually reports the world’s best countries to live in are, guess what, constitutional…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #royal There is no good reason to change the status quo in regards to Canada’s relationship to the Monarchy. The Conservatives would absolutely love to see the LPC take a policy stand against the monarchy. It ain’t hurting anyone, there are ten votes to be lost for every one gained. Forget about it.

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    • Agreed. If we are in it to win the next election, we will need to focus almost entirely on economic issues and rebuilding the middle class. Taking on too many controversial issues will only lose much needed support.

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    • Wouldn’t you agree that defining ourselves by what the Conservatives would love (or not) has been part of the problem as of late? Could you imagine Pearson or Trudeau worrying about losing a few votes to the Conservatives when they renamed the military, created our flag, implemented bilingualism or brought home our constitution? You know they…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Actually John, while I agree with your point that we need to develop policy based on our Liberal values I think that it is also wise to have an eye to our political context and focus on policy issues that are at the core of our beliefs and that serve to build rather than divide. The Conservative’s specialty is playing divisive wedge/niche…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Hi Stephen, At the very least, I can say I’m 100% with you on all of the issues you mentioned even though I think that if Constitutional work will have to happen for electoral reform one may as well go all the way. But, let’s see what happens at the convention… Regards.

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    • Winning an election is less important than being true to what’s true. That’s a lesson it’s high time we learned.

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    • Exactly! We have to focus on conservative ecomonic flounering!

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    • I really don’t care what the Conservatives do or do not think. But your comment bothers me beause it is so common of late that Liberals only try to say what they think is populist opinion.

      I am commonly disappointed with any Party when they do not clearly enunciate what is their belief rather then what they think is popular opinion – it…[En afficher davantage]

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      • I think that the Liberal Party IS saying what is best for the country … attempting to remove the monarchy from our constitution at this point in history would provide zero benefit, cost (probably) 100′s of millions of dollars, divide the country along meaningless lines, distract our government from important issues and, did I mention, provide…[En afficher davantage]

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        • I don’t think it would cost such a sum of money although it might well be tricky to accomplish as it would require a change to the constitution and we know how difficult that can be.
          I do not presume to know what is best for the country in this particular instance – we do know though, that Australia has come quite close to being a republic and…[En afficher davantage]

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          • Regarding the cost of removing the monarchy … this could not be done without a complete rewrite of our constitution, which cannot be done without agreement from the provinces and territories, and Parliament and the Senate. To even get to the point of agreeing to abolish the monarchy would require multiple commissions, inquiries and public…[En afficher davantage]

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            • “Forcing elecgtions does not get you elected’ – this is exactly my point. If you cannot clearly ennuciate principles that you are willing to stand up for, and then stand up fir them in the clutch, even if you think you won’t get elected – then you have no principles in my mind.

              I think a bit differently about politics in that I don’t put…[En afficher davantage]

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              • Possibly. But what would be the point of bringing down a government if you don’t believe that you can win the resulting election? Why would you put the country through that turmoil, deplete the financial reserves of the party, and turn an election-weary electorate against you? How does that advance the cause of your principles? The best way to…[En afficher davantage]

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                • I think you are far too concerned about winning elections.
                  It is all about leadership. It is not about policy on pieces of paper, it is not about political tactics – sure that is what may work in the short term, but I do not think it works over time.
                  All this scheming and playing Machiavelli is what is turning off most Canadians in my…[En afficher davantage]

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                  • So, your position is that the Liberal party should, above all else and in any circumstances, stand up for our principles and policies… even if it costs us elections and votes … is that right so far?

                    However, you admit that you don’t know, nor particularly care, what the majority of Liberals think, so I assume that means you are unfamiliar…[En afficher davantage]

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                    • Hmm – very interesting logic.

                      Whether I know what other Liberals think has no bearing on whether I know what I think. I am very certain of my principles, thank you.
                      Yes, I think that principles come first, and if they are earnest, valid and well explained, that many people will agree and endorse that philosophy – and hey, it could even mean…[En afficher davantage]

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                      • “Let is start afresh – rebuild the Party on new ideals and principles – throw our hearts into the future rather than nostalgia for the past.”

                        I concur with a lot you have had to say on leadership as opposed to tactics. Have to say i disagree with this though. We shouldn’t confuse values and principles with better policies; mostly i don’t…[En afficher davantage]

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                      • I think principles come first too, so we agree on that at least.

                        But, the fact is, what you said was, we should NEVER abandon principles or policies for votes and then you went on to say that we SHOULD abandon our historic principles and policies because they didn’t get us enough votes – just sounds a bit contradictory to me, that’s all.

                        As…[En afficher davantage]

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          • Agreed about minority and frankly our political cowardice. I think you have also to give some weight to the fact the party was pretty well broke back then. Although lord knows why messrs Ignatieff or Dion continued to rattle their rusty sabers at Harper?

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            • Sorry Ken … but I’ll ask you the same question I have been asking George … can you please cite some specifics? What is this “political cowardice” you speak of?

              Please, you have every right to attack your own party on this site, no argument, but don’t you think it would be more productive and help the members and leadership more if we…[En afficher davantage]

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              • That’s uncalled for Martin. I rarely make unsupported “attack”on the party here or anywhere else – it’s not my style. I resent being lumped in with folks like kashev who offers nothing, nada to support his “theories”about candidates, teachers or anything else as far as i can figure out; that’s attacking and over generalizing imho. Precise…[En afficher davantage]

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                • I had no intention of apologizing Ken. I get very angry when Liberals attack our own party with generalized statements like “…and frankly our political cowardice”.

                  I do not see how it contributes to any productive dialogue or adds anything to the party – but yes – you have every right to say it!

                  I did not compare you to Keshav at all. I was…[En afficher davantage]

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                  • Fair enough…to a point anyway. I can live with the sorry at the beginning rather than the end:)
                    Actually i hadn’t followed all of the conversatione with George…my bad. I would have grasped then full context of your remarks ie., provide concrete examples.Agreed no apology warranted on that issue.
                    I still choose to differ on you on the matter…[En afficher davantage]

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                    • Ok. Maybe I just don’t understand what you mean by “cowardice”. What was it that you think that Mr Dion or Mr Ignatieff was afraid of? What danger was it that you think they were hiding from that would cause them abandon their principles? Is it not at least possible, that what you perceive as cowardly, was actually quite brave, poking the…[En afficher davantage]

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                  • A not so amusing aspect of how perception can really work against a party whatever its tactical intentions. Luckily Rick is just as hard or harder on the tory record.

                    I’m pretty sure you aren’t right about all those abstentions coming on throne speeches. Don’t have time to dig the numbers up though.…[En afficher davantage]

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                    • Oh, don’t bother Ken. Fine, we’re a bunch of losers and cowards who abandon our principles at the drop of a hat. Let’s face it, the only reason Mr Dion or Mr Ignaitieff got into the business was for the fame and fortune, right? All they really cared about was the glory and attention. But the second there was a problem poof! They ran away like…[En afficher davantage]

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                      • Wow! What brought that on? You’ve misrepresented or misunderstood most of my post to George. There’s certainly something to the argument that we’re all to blame, not just the leaders. But I think you’re overreacting. Call it a draw.
                        It’s all a matter of opinion anyway and pointless once people start talking past each other.

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                        • Do you really want to know what brought that on Ken?

                          So have you bothered to actually read the comments on this particular thread yet – you mentioned earlier that you had not … If you have, you might see my frustration in trying to discuss with George the difference between standing up for our principles and vote pandering. George thinks that…[En afficher davantage]

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        • So are you saying that the LPC is pro-Monarchy? I can accept your pragmatic argument to do nothing for now. But that should not mean to stop thinking about the matter.

          There is little point replacing the Monarchy with some other poison. I’m reminded of the devious options presented to the Australian voters by John Howard — now there’s bad…[En afficher davantage]

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        • I feel very strongly that Canada should remain a constitutional monarchy. The crown has always been a part of this country dating back to many first nations as well as all the early european powers. The sytem we have today was the world’s first codified constitutional monarchy, written by canadians for canadians. What we desperately need today is…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #royal I’d leave this alone – there is no interest in Ontario in this at all. It’s not so much that I think Ontarions care, its that they don’t care and would view it as raising an issue that doesn’t matter (and would cost us money) with respect to a system that by and large works. You’d lose electorate and we have so many other issues…[En afficher davantage]

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    • For me, it matters greatly in a symbolic sense, and it mattes on principal since it informs us on who we are able to elect democratically or not.

      Regarding vote-getting, I think you are right.

      The political landscape is changing and Canada is very slowly moving away from the monarchy. I suspect that at some point it will be removed almost as a…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Canada is and always has been a monarchy. That is an historical fact. We have never been a republic and I don’t see why we should be. What we need is to use the full benefits of the system we currently have. It would cost us nothing more than we pay right now. Why not use it for all it’s worth instead of ignoring the monarch at the centre of our…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #royal let me get this straight, the monarchy doesn’t matter, a waste of time to talk about, has no power, has no relevance, no hold on people’s lives, no idenfication with a British Queen, no support among Francophones, no lasting affection, no support…etc.
    Why not get rid of it? If it’s not worth it, get rid of it!

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    • #royal
      Everybody has their pet peeves. I do as well but I think we have to ask ourselves whether having a Queen or not really has any real effect on the majority of people’s lives.
      I personally don’t think so.

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    • I don’t understand why there can’t be a middle ground on this topic. Almost everyone I hear talk about it is either 100% the status quo or 100% get rid of it. Can we not find a solution that’s somewhere in the middle?

      My preference would to for Canada to continue it’s traditional like with the British Monarch, but have it as purely…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #royal Canada needs a fully functioning constitutional monarchy for Canadians to understand the value of this institution. A modern constitutional monarch must be seen to be one of us working on our behalf. This is impossible with an increasingly foreign monarch. The succession should be changed to require our Heir Apparent to be resident in…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #royal This subject isin’t important at the moment but since it as been brought up I will comment on it.

    We cannot elect our head of state or his/hers representative because of the monarchy. Althought that many people sees this monarchy system to be useless, I did find one usefull thing that this gives canadians a advantage. It says on our…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #royal A republic is more congenial to Francophones and would be something they would be able to idenify with as opposed to a Anglo-Saxon alien monarchy. Canada is no longer British nor a colony. We are so much more diverse and inclusive than that. Republicanism is the democratic norm. Not just America is a republic, many democratic…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Our basic governmental system is parlimentry democracy, and to quote Winston “It is the worse system in the world, except for all the rest”. There is a big difference in a republic and a parlimentry democracy, we don’t need the British connection equally we don’t need either the French or American republic system. As bad as I think…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Peter, Canada is no longer a British colony as you said, so stop fighting yesterdays battles

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      • We can design our own unique and distinct system. There is no natural law that says we have to be like France or the US. We are the masters of our own house, not why have a symbol that reflects that? The people are paramount, not a monarch. I don’t want a colonial symbol back from the days when we were in the British empire.

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        • Where are the defenders of monarchy? Besides the monarchist league? Why be a monarchist by default? Who really cares about the succession or whether Prince Charles can be a good King? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to put the issue on the front burner or for the party to push it.

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          • I don’t particularly care for the Royal Family… but they also don’t have any say over Canada. Legally, the GG is our head of state, and all power devolves to Parliament.

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    • Yes, this country is no longer a British colony. I know that. Why not have a series of symbols that is relevant and is actuallly pertinent to people’s lives and sense of themselves? Instead of a insititution that it is freely admitted is not worth talking about?

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      • Would you not agree that the ROYAL Canadian Mounted Police is a symbol of Canada? The Crown has been embedded into our cultural landscape. This doesn’t make us British. The Canadian Crown and it’s role in our society is very different from Britain. We are a Canadian constitutional monarchy and this has been the case since the Statute of…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #royal If the monarchs function is to safeguard free and fare elections, then there is a purpose.

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    • Exactly! This is republics are a failure worldwide!!

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    • I would like to see a private members bill that verify it as an official function.

      I would like to see Election Canada report to the Monarch. This could safeguard the office from a possible illegitimate Government.

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    • The monarch has no qualifications for this task, and was never elected to begin with (which makes it rather ironic to suppose they have any relevance to preservation of democracy). Besides, when is the last time the monarch has showed any special interest in preserving Canadian democracy that wasn’t already accomplished by the people of Canada?…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Monarchs do not ensure a democracy – they do not have sufficient power to do so. They are figure heads not truly functioning heads of state.

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      • Ask Antonio Tejero if he thinks monarchs are just ”figure heads without sufficient power to do so”.

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        • There is quite a difference between a coup in the king’s native country and an ex-colony deciding to become a republic.

          Somehow I do not see a Canadian taking Elizabeth hostage, now do you?
          Nor do I see a great British intervention on this issue – do you?

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          • I was referring to your point that monarchs do not have enough “real” power to ensure democracy. The example I raised demonstrated an instance where, in fact, a monarch in a constitutional democracy was able to ensure the transition to democracy in a formerly fascist country.
            Whether our country’s democracy has matured to the extent that such…[En afficher davantage]

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    • If the role of the Monarch is updated by Canadians, then there can be a purpose worth preserving. Nothing wrong with a tweak here and there.

      Not broken, and not perfect.

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    • I feel our monarchy does protect Canada from losing more to American culture. The monarchy gives us some but not all Canadians something to grasp. But I look at Quebec 99% of the time I never see a Canada flag out side of Montreal. Quebec has tough choices ahead. All I know is Canadians have become content in being Canadian we came out of our…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #royal A Monarchist I was born, and a Monarchist I shall die….if this party that I have joined in good faith proceeds with the folly of passing priority policy resolution 114 at the upcoming National Convention, and the party institutes it as policy, I will leave the party….If it aint broke, dont fix it, young Libs…..There is also something…[En afficher davantage]

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    • I don’t know about keeping something around simply because it is “tradition”. Traditions have a time and most of them, eventually, disappear because they no longer resonate with the populace. Eventually the tradition of monarchy will die it’s natural death.

      However, now is NOT the time. There are simply too many, far more important issues…[En afficher davantage]

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      • I doubt very much this resolution will get approved at the Convention. It is frivolous in its current form, as it provides no valid justification, grounds or net benefit for or from what it proposes.

        If the monarchy was posing some form of threat or impeding the business of Parliament in any way, that would be another story… but that’s not the story.

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    • I’m not a monarchist [ and i am a Brit] and yet i support your view – leave it alone for now. In any case it makes no sense to just do away with it without a larger context. One day it may be a handy bargaining chip vis a vis Quebec; regardless of a persons view of the monarchy you don’t just lightly cast such a institution away. Besides it…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Thank you for your responses…..I hope that you are correct in that this resolution will most likely not pass…..I will repeat my vow of leaving the party if by some miracle this resolution passes, and becomes part of Liberal Party policy…..We have one party already trying to ape the US(even though it is, for the moment, pro-Monarchy)…..lets…[En afficher davantage]

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    • It used to be tradition to presume that women should be the housekeepers, even if they worked. It was presumed that, should need arise, the woman should revert to her given role as caretaker.

      But since this tradition was obviously nonsense, we’ve gradually eliminated it. Simply because tradition exists isn’t a reason to keep it.

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      • We don’t keep the tradition of the monarchy just because it exists … we keep it because it is entrenched in our constitution. Changing the Constitution on such a fundamental level would require co-operation across the political and geographical spectrum – provinces/territories, parliament, senate all have to agree not just on removing the…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Same here. Republics worldwide are a proven failure; no state-governmenr separation

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    • If just this one issue would make you leave the Party, then you are very easily offended. A Party and their platform is made up of many issues – some which a person may agree with and some that they may not. But it is the fact that overall that Party most closely matches your own position is what makes you support that Party – not a single issue…[En afficher davantage]

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      • With respect, I think that depends on the single issue. There are certainly single issues that, should the LPC adopt policy I disagree with, I would consider leaving the party. I could not support a party that did not support a women’s right to choose for example. Or a party that supported capital punishment. Or a party that advocates profit over…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Well, you are correct in that there are some issues that could be make or break, but one has to realise parctically that all parties have some policies which are not ones you might agree with or one would not be able to support any party at all.

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      • Not easily offended at all Sir…..the Liberal Party overall reflects my view of the world…which includes(at the moment) the monarchy as the basis for our system of Govt. It is however, a deal breaker for me if the party so chooses to do away with it. Besides, the Liberal Party has matters of much greater import to deal with at the…[En afficher davantage]

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    • I wonder if the antimonachy sentiment doesn’t go hand in hand with the desire that some people still have to Americanize Canada. From Mulroney to the crash of 2008 Americanization of Canada was an ideal for the right wingers in this country. The CPC seems to have re-discovered the monarchy when th USA went into decline.

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      • Reformers(I wont call them Conservatives) are Monarchists of convenience…..scratch one, and you’ll find a republican, nay an American wannabe more often than not. They are using the Monarchy at the moment because it is politically expedient to do so. This is as we know, not the party of John Diefenbaker….

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  • #royal Becoming a Republic is a matter of time. It is inevitable… The only question is, when will it happen and on what terms? Let the members of civil service and the armed forces swear alleigance to the people of this country! We have our own flag and consitutition, why not have our own form of government? The House of Commons can…[En afficher davantage]

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    • So you’re going to get all 10 provinces AND the HoC and the Senate on side with a complete constitutional overhaul? Because that’s what it takes to alter the Crown according to the constitution. Presidents costs more. Why screw with a system of government that has WORKED for the most part throughout Canada’s history.

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      • Why have a monarchy to begin with? The monarchy is so watered down that nobody believes in its original function anymore, so why cling to its pretense? Because you don’t want to cause a stir among people who don’t understand? That doesn’t sound like what a real political party should be concerned with.

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  • Given Canada is a middle power and thus, we require trade and integration with global powers. The most natural relationship Canada could seek and lose little sovereignty is a union with the UK, Australia and New Zealand. A union of these 4 countries would give us a combined GDP of 5.26 trillion and the 3rd largest global economy and a population…[En afficher davantage]

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    • On the surface, I’d say you are right. Looking a bit deeper at British foreign policy, it appears to move in lock-step with the United States. This suggests that such a union might even further tether us to US foreign policy positions. On the other hand, these countries combined could be powerful allies and together we’d be able to resist US…[En afficher davantage]

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      • This is basically what I feel it boils down too. Imagine what we could still achieve if we pooled our resources together and, dare I say it, how better we’d be able to protect our interests?

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        • The “English speaking” coalition was a Harper dream. It was not based on common desire for improving life and democracy (as if such a clatch had a patent on these things) but on promoting NeoConism. Australia and the US were in NeoCon administrations at the time. A measure of Canadian support for such things became clear: The Brit-speaking…[En afficher davantage]

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          • Indeed. Such a move would be closely proceeded by the sound of the door hitting QC in the butt. Canada is not simply a piece of the puzzle that would fit seemlessly into the so called angloshere. A fair number of our immigrant community might also have objections.

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      • I understand where you are coming from, but the world needs Canada to become a force for peace and justice again more than spreading industrial and commercial empires, which benefit less and less “ordinary” Canadians and more and more the greedy one percent. We will not be able to accomplish this if we can’t stand on our own feet on the…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Now I know why Harper wants to share our embassies abroad with the U.K. “Harper’s love of all things British” an article by Bob Hepburn in today’s Star. He spoke” passionately about his family’s British roots dating to the 1600′s in northern England an about his enduring respect for Britain’s record as a colonial power. In the July 14,…[En afficher davantage]

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      • The only “ethnic” in Mr. Harper’s move is to generate discord along “ethnic lines”. Canadians have a vested interest to make their “ethnic” mix work because the alternative clearly does not. Mr. Harper’s goals are not ethnic but doctrinal cum classist. HarperCons demonstrate a trend in attacking that which they fear, like Liberalism,…[En afficher davantage]

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    • There is no exccuse for such stupidity. I thought that the huge Queen’s picture in the lobby of the Foreign Affairs department and all our embassies was enough foolishness. This Is simply part of Harper’s plan to change Canada’s culture, to destroy the legacy of the Liberal Party of Canada, and make the Conservative Party Canada’s natural…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Looking at how Europe fared on unions, I would be very very very cautious of such a move. Any joining is to be suspect and not undertaken.

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      • I agree now union is not a good thing, but a stronger Commonwealth including India and the UK,Can,Aus,NZ one other South Pacific nation would be in everyones interest on cooperative level at least.

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    • Ignatief did not have he benefit of a well thought Policy document put together by a concensus of the grass roots members as I hope is being sincerely done now. Seems to me the Leader should be bound fairly closely to the policy document and not creating policy on the fly as past leaders have done and as is being done by our current PM

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  • #renewal #agriculture #aboriginal #copyright #environment #languesofficielles #health #internationaltrade #multicultural #royal #science #scitech #tourism #VET
    Here is a link to John Lennon’s song, Gimme Some Truth: http://youtu.be/aDDJeM5R4PM Knowing Harper enjoys the Beatles, Liberal MP extraordinaire Judy Sgro quoted this Lennon song…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #royal a while ago the commonwealth wanted to alter laws of succession, so the eldest, regardless of sex, is next in line. Rather than the first born male. It had to be approved unanimously, and Canada is the dominion that shut it down.

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  • Just spent two days duelling with the Monarchist Liberals!?! on the Resolution 114 page and it’s time to put my “Shakespeare in Love” suit and hat in that glass case in the foyer of the HoC where it belongs. The Harperites and their Royal Diefenbaker Memorial Party own this issue so let’s let them have it and maintain our history of…[En afficher davantage]

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