A united Canada without the Monar­chy

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - By

Jef­frey J. Cunningham

Canada and Eng­land would fit seam­lessly into the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity without the Monar­chy!

It is not ac­ci­den­tal that the great ma­jor­ity of na­tions are re­publics. It has been the re­sult of hu­man­ity’s long grop­ing in the dark, tribu­la­tions and sac­ri­fices.

Its first and great­est ben­e­fit for Canada is that it will de­liver 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 will 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 the Cana­dian con­ti­nent from time im­memo­rial and state an­other fact that the French came here be­fore the English; later on los­ing the colo­nial war to Eng­land and Eng­land uni­lat­er­ally de­clared sovereignty over the en­tire land dump­ing 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 our French Cana­di­ans; 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 an­cien regime (old sys­tem), 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 la­beled 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, a monar­chy has never been a mar­ketable sys­tem. A monar­chy by its na­ture breed un­told priv­i­leges based on some­one’s birth and has been crum­bling one af­ter the other, 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 the Monar­chy be­fore we de­cide to be­come a re­pub­lic? The Monar­chy has al­ways worked for Cana­dian politi­cians.

One politi­cian af­ter the other has sought the high­est of­fice only for the sake of be­com­ing the Prime Min­is­ter and the rest was to deal with the day-to-day rou­tines of the of­fice and at the end to col­lect a fat re­tire­ment pay cheque!

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.

English Canada is sat­is­fied to think that the sep­a­ratist move­ment will go away on its own while the Monar­chy is firmly in place, but the hard facts in­di­cate that it is alive and well and only sim­mers down from time to time. Since Rene Levesque, the founder of the sep­a­ratist party, Parti Que­be­cois, and the first Que­bec Premier from that party, re­signed from pol­i­tics in late 1985 (premier: Novem­ber 25, 1976 to Oc­to­ber 3, 1985) to this date we have had five more Parti Que­be­cois pre­miers in Que­bec and there will be more in the years to come.

This leads us to the fair con­clu­sion that it now only takes a great and charis­matic French Cana­dian leader to rise to power and sweep them off their feet and give at least the ma­jor­ity of the vot­ers, if not all of them, enough get-up-andgo to say yes to “sovereignty”! The dire con­se­quences are that the cost to all of us will be as­tro­nom­i­cally high and un­bear­able and still worse is the fact that af­ter the breakup the rest of Canada will be­come a bird’s nest on the ground for the United States.

Time is march­ing on very fast and we must act de­ci­sively. We must stop once and for all falsely and com­pla­cently point­ing fin­gers at our 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 our lives in Canada.

Jef­frey is self-em­ployed, lives in Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia, Canada, and his dream is a united, strong and sep­a­ratist-free Cana­dian re­pub­lic.

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