A reimagined, non-colonial Governor General could play an important role for Canadians.
He is seventh in line to the British throne.
"He is hugely significant as he reflects a very modern Britain, with its culturally diverse population."
Prince Harry's love story is swoon-worthy, but not that unusual.
The cost of hosting Will and Kate is three times the amount given to study foreign ownership by the federal government. Or 75 per cent of the projected revenue to come in from the Vancouver Vacant Home tax. Not exactly chump change to fly them around for a vacation.
We still have a foreign person, a queen living in a castle on another continent -- Victoria's great, great, granddaughter, in fact -- as Canada's head of state. And it's a pretty safe bet that Canada isn't on her mind a whole lot either, if at all. So why do we put up with it? Without question, Canada deserves to have its own head of state, chosen by us and from among our citizens. How have we made it this far without taking the final step to full nationhood? The reason lies with misinformation.
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?
Well, we have had our annual dose of monarchy elation with the birth of Prince George, or more importantly, Will and Kate's
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.
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.