It's about bloody time: Canadian support for monarchy drops dramatically
Finally. Some great news.
It’s been pretty hard being a Canadian of late.
Not only do we have a right-wing buffoon for a prime minister, but the progressive majority here has been left with no attractive, electable alternative.
Then there’s the fact that Canada is one of the world’s worst environmental degraders. The oil sands of Alberta is a bigger pox on the land with each passing day –a pox not only on the environmental landscape but also on our country’s once-stellar international reputation.
And, on top of all this misery, we still inexplicably have some foreign, overseas, in-bred family serving as this country’s monarchy and head of state. A reality that becomes more and more pathetic as Canada moves further away from its distant colonial past.
But this is where the good news comes in. A new poll suggests that 60 percent of Canadians think that the monarchy is outdated and irrelevant to the modern world.
Well, what the hell took you so long, Canada? I mean, seriously, is anything more ridiculous than having someone on the other side of the world as this country’s head of state? It’s nothing personal Queen Liz, but your institution is simply archaic. Archaic, asinine, and absurd.
As I wrote in an earlier piece on this subject, The God Save The Queen Rant, the whole notion of a monarchy–that is, the whole notion of some people being born with a right to rule due to some ridiculous idea of superior blood lines or what have you–is not just out of step with modern day Canadian values, it’s actually antithetical to everything Canada is supposed to stand for.
Those who say that it’s all just tradition and that such symbolism means nothing are, in my mind, akin to those in the Deep South who want to fly the Confederate flag over their state houses. Symbolism does, in fact, matter.
No Longer A British Nation
Besides, modern day Canada is no more a “British nation” than it is a country that needs feudal European forms of governance.
Does anyone really think the majority of Canadians who now trace their roots to someplace other than Great Britain–places such as Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, China, India, Haiti, Ukraine, North America (First Nations), and the Philippines, not to mention France–are really all that tied to this archaic British institution? Is it really supposed to make them feel Canadian?
There are actually people who claim that without the monarchy, Canada would just be another American state, as if what makes Canada a distinct nation from the U.S. is nothing more than our antiquated and obsolete ties to the Queen and Chuck and Di and the boys. Seriously, anyone who really believes such nonsense should probably just move down to the States themselves because they have no idea what, in fact, makes Canada the wonderful nation that it is.
A Modern Nation
So, once again, it’s great to see that the number of Canadians who are ready to say goodbye to the old gal (and her family) across the sea has become such a clear majority. Hopefully, someday very soon, Canada can finally become a fully-independent nation with enough confidence and sense of self-respect to have its own head of state.
Think about it: A head of state who actually lives right here in Canada.
Hell, not only could we have a Canadian for head of state, but–imagine this–we could also have someone who has actually accomplished something of some relevance with their life.
Sure, we may have more pressing issues to deal with in this country–none more so than those hideous oil sands. However, I’d say that becoming a fully-modern, self-reliant nation with its own head of state is also, without a doubt, something that’s long overdue and must finally be addressed.
It’s time to cut the umbilical cord, Canada. It’s time to finally move on and become a modern republic.
Mike Cowie is a freelance writer who writes about politics, music, film, travel, and much more. You can read more of Mike’s views on his Web site.