Those who have long been fans of Maclean’s magazine, and various newspapers over the years, will be familiar with my much-older friend, Allan Fotheringham — Dr. Foth to his fans.
Dr. Foth, as you might then know, is hardly a fan of the British Royals, has written many, many times about how silly our association with them is, and has blamed Ottawa for not having the courage to cut Canada’s ridiculous ties with the monarchy.
So you might imagine the dismay in Fotheringham’s mind when he opened his mail the other day and found an invitation from Queen Elizabeth to attend the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club last Monday to accept the Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The invitation was sent via Art Eggleton, a Toronto mayor from 1980 to 1991, who is now one of those Ottawa types because he is also a senator.
Did Dr. Foth choke his words and accept the medal? Or did he stick to his guns?
Because I am in Winnipeg right now, and wanted to clear my commentary slate, I emailed the good Dr. Foth, looking for an answer. No worries. He was going.
He now has a diamond jubilee medal to go with the gold one he got 10 years ago.
Forgot all about that one, didn’t we?
Either the Queen holds no grudges or she has a sense of humour.