Canada Monarchy

The Monarchy Debate Is Missing a Piece of the Puzzle

Johanu Botha | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

The question Canadians should ask as they continue to debate the monarchy in this country is: how to square the institutional benefits of a non-partisan Head of State with the monarchy's obvious democratic deficit?

The Royals Are Coming

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will pay a royal visit to Canada in May.The tour, which comes at the invitation of the f...

Now That the Fairy Dust Has Settled

Doug Thomas | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada
Doug Thomas

Well, we have had our annual dose of monarchy elation with the birth of Prince George, or more importantly, Will and Kate's baby. The only thing that ...

For Queen, Princes, and Country: In Defence of Canada's Monarchy

John E.C. Thompson | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada
John E.C. Thompson

Canada is not an "immature" country with some sort of "colonial hangover." We are a confident nation with a strong international presence, but a great deal of our character derives from our historic links with the Crown.

Media Bites: Baby Coverage Was a Royal Pain

J.J. McCullough | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg In a country where monarchism is hardly a unanimous creed, it should be at least be theoretically possible to purchase a newspaper without a slavishly pro-monarchy editorial slant, or vote for a political party that's at least nominally in favor of a republican transition. But alas, not in Canada.

Media Bites: The Oath to the Queen Is Canada's Hazing Ritual

J.J. McCullough | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Not all oral confirmations are created equal. Take Canada's oath of citizenship. A bunch of people are challenging it before an Ontario judge at the moment on the basis that it's neither a meaningful symbol nor a useful tradition, just an absurd and oppressive indignity. It's not a welcome. It's a hazing.

Don't Want to Swear an Oath to the Queen? Don't Move Here

Tom Kott | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

A group of immigrants applying for Canadian citizenship are going to court and demanding to cede the oath to "her Majesty Queen Elizabeth." There is a simple answer to this non-problem. Don't move here. Don't move to one of the 43 nations with a monarchy either.

Chretien Was This Close To Scrapping Queen Oath: Ex-Minister

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - New citizens would be swearing an oath to Canada rather than to the Queen had former prime minister Jean Chretien not gotten cold feet at th...

Media Bites: Insulting Americans Makes Us Ugly Canadians

J.J. McCullough | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgThis noxious obsession with one-upping America at every turn, even (especially?) when it requires rewriting history to reimagine America's good ideas as bad ones, and Canada's bad ones as heroic, is the complete antithesis of modesty, or even decency. It's obnoxious, ugly, and dishonest, and certainly not the stuff from which great patriotism is made.

If Canada's a Democracy, Why Are We Ruled By the Aristocracy?

Tyler Sommers | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada
Tyler Sommers

Limiting who can be Canada's head of state to the children of one family in a foreign country is unfair and undemocratic. More than 15 million adult Canadians (and likely their kids as well) want to retire the monarchy and change to a democratically chosen Canadian head of state.

A Day Like No Other: Recalling the Coronation of a Queen

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 08.04.2013 | Canada
Hon. David C. Onley

Sixty years ago, Coronation Day was celebrated around the world. In Canada, it was declared a national holiday, marked with parades, concerts, and fireworks. Even in wartime Korea, Canadian soldiers marked the day by firing red, white, and blue-coloured smoke shells at a thoroughly confused enemy, followed by toasts to the Queen with rations of rum!

Ditch The Queen, Maverick MP Says

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.19.2013 | Canada Politics

Pat Martin thinks new Canadians being forced to swear an oath to the Queen is just plain wrong. In fact, the outspoken New Democrat thinks it’s h...

Media Bites: The Original Sin of Canadian Politics

J.J. McCullough | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Without a meddling monarch to do the punishing, modern confidence voting has become little more than a shallow exercise in partisan opportunism. And yet the archaic artifact of confidence voting remains.

Tories Move To Change Canada's Royal Rules

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government is bringing in legislation that will change the rules of royal succession to end centuries of discrimination against fe...

Media Bites: Chief Spence, Your 15 Minutes Are Up

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg What makes this sideshow all the more embarrassing is that there's been a complete breakdown in the Chief's relationship with the one independent agency whose power actually does matter -- the press. The indifferent contempt in which she has so consistently held the press is beginning to return in kind. You can almost hear her 15 minutes ticking away. To put it bluntly, you can't just do this.

Canadian Health Care A Point Of Pride

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2013 | Canada

OTTAWA - Canadians, it seems, love their universal health care.The monarchy? Not so much.A new national poll commissioned by the Montreal-based Associ...

Harper Flubs Foreign Affairs File -- Again

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is making a trip to New York this week, but it isn't to attend a United Nations meeting to which Canada was extended an invitation. The Prime Minister will instead be in the glitzy hotel, where he is due to receive an award from the little-known Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an interfaith partnership of corporate and religious leaders. Between the successive fossil awards for environmental savagery and the unfortunate de-funding of reproductive health in foreign aid, the Harper government continues to slide Canada's international influence down to the gutter.

There's Nothing "Cost-Saving" about the Fed's British Obsession

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.24.2012 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Minister Baird and British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced plans on Monday to merge British and Canadian embassies. To be precise, Minister Baird framed the suspicious measure as sharing. Reminiscent of the Napster file-sharing tool online, the open exchange of diplomatic duties across international jurisdictions does not inspire confidence. The idea, packaged and sold to Canadians as a cost-saving measure, flies in the face of common sense and gives off a hint of hypocrisy to a government saddled with billion dollar boondoggles in the form of G20 Summit and the never-ending money pit labeled the F-35 jets.

Nude and Rude Prince Harry Proves Canada is Too Mature for the Monarchy

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

It was disgusting, disgraceful and despicable to say the least to see the photoes of the naked prince which went viral online and around the world. If that is how members of the royal family behave, then Canadians would be far better to operate the vehicle themselves without anyone else telling them what to do.

The Daily Royal: Our New Feature On All Things Regal

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Kelsey | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Style

At The Huffington Post Canada Style, we're a little obsessed with the Royals. We'd even like to think we're bona fide Royal watchers. From Kate...

Does Harper Love the Queen More Than His Country?

Claude Laferrière | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Claude Laferrière

Why does Stephen Harper have such a sudden attachment to the Queen that he neglected to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Does he despise so much our Constitution and the law generally? Was it to please Ontarians and gain seats in Ontario? Or is it just pure opportunism and hypocrisy?

Part 4: Queen Elizabeth, Canada's Chief Watchdog

Tim Knight | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

At the 2010 Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill, Elizabeth started her speech by addressing the 100,000-strong audience as "fellow Canadians..." She's custodian of the Canadian Crown's democratic powers and represents the "power of the people above government and political parties." Which makes her our chief watchdog -- if mostly absent and toothless.

If the Europeans Can Make a Union Work, Maybe the Arabs Can

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

It is no secret that the idea of amalgamating into a single country, which was farthest away from the minds of the rulers of these countries, was only contemplated as a direct result of the Arab Spring which toppled several Arab dictators who were thought to be completely invincible, and left the rest of them asking "Who will be next?" Now more than ever, a union of the Arab Gulf states is possible.

English Canada Likes Its Monarchy: Poll

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.24.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A new poll suggests support for maintaining ties to the monarchy is on the rise in Canada, with only Quebec bucking a trend that may be part...

Is The Queen A Feminist, And Other Musings From Biography Author Sally Bedell Smith

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living

The Diamond Jubilee year of 2012 marks 60 years since Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne -- and it's bringing out the biographers in hordes. El...