To the Editor,
Canada and England would fit seamlessly into the international community without a monarchy.
It is not accidental that the great majority of nations are republics.
Its first and greatest benefit for Canada is that it delivers a forceful disincentive to the separatist movement in Quebec because after the disposal of the monarchy, everyone across the land will take the oath of allegiance to Canada itself. We pledge allegiance to one another and that per se will awaken a great sense of commitment, responsibility, and belonging in all of us.
Let us for the duration of time that it takes to read this article set aside the fact of the Aboriginals’ existence on this continent from time immemorial and state another fact that the French came here before the English and later on lost the colonial war to England and England unilaterally declared sovereignty over the entire land and dumped the monarchy on it. Wars are not any different from sports in the sense that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and to take the oath of allegiance to the English monarch simply does not bring out the best in those with no connection to England; it only perpetuates the feeling of a past loss.
France is a major world power and several generations ago with its Revolution of 1789 it abolished the monarchy and the parasitism that went with it, ended the ancient regime, and became the source of inspiration for the rest of the world. Now, what does it mean to a “free French citizen” to come all the way to Canada for a new life only to be labelled as “the subject” of the English Monarch? Who is anyone else to decide for our French Canadians how they should feel about taking the oath of allegiance to the English monarch?
As humanity’s experience has shown, monarchy has never been a marketable system. Monarchies have been crumbling one after the other and, very fortunately, it is impossible to convince a republic to convert its system to a monarchy.
What are we waiting for here in Canada? Are we waiting for the English to arouse from their coma to dispose of monarchy before we decide to become a republic?
We must salute Australia for moving in the direction of a republican system. Its former prime minister, Julia Gillard, had the courage to make it her political platform during her campaign to end the monarchy in Australia and when the Queen visited Australia, she had the courage of her convictions and delivered the message by standing tall and graceful and refusing to curtsy. What a great and unforgettable moment it was for a nation moving towards a republican system. Unfortunately, a coterie of misguided and sexist politicians did everything they could to bring her down, but they cannot stop Australia from moving forward.
Time is marching on very fast and we must act decisively. We must stop once and for all falsely and complacently pointing fingers at French Canadians. Instead, we must train our eyes and our united efforts towards removing the actual cause, which is the monarchy and its divisive effect on life in Canada.
Jeffrey J. Cunningham
Vancouver, British Columbia.