Michael replies – Giving Canada its own head of state
April 27, 2011
The royal wedding is historic and full of pageantry, and I’ll be watching it for sure. But it’s a reminder that we’ve got some unfinished business to discuss—the future of the monarchy in this country. After nearly 150 years of nationhood, we still rely on Buckingham Palace to give us a head of state, and I want to encourage forward thinking and leadership on the subject.
National symbols are important, and I believe it’s detrimental to Canada to continue labeling British ones “Canadian” when they’re not. A few examples:
Canada’s sovereign does not live here, nor share our citizenship
Any achievement of government is officially credited to the sovereign, not to those who wrote and passed it
New citizens must swear personal allegiance to the sovereign, instead of Canada and the Constitution. We intentionally divert the patriotic zeal of our newest citizens overseas.
The Maple Leaf flag must be removed from the position of honour for royal and vice-regal flags–even on Parliament Hill on the First of July. It insults the nation.
No Canadian has ever appeared on the head of a Canadian coin, a profound way we should honour national heroes
There’s a reason you never see the Great Seal of Canada. It shows virtually nothing Canadian, featuring Elizabeth II sitting on a British throne, holding British crown jewels