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A June 6-0 – let’s celebrate, Canada

- June 11th, 2012
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Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne needs to be celebrated by Canadians with a national holiday (and day off) in June. She's seen here on June 6 after visiting Prince Philip in the hospital. He has since been released. (Photo: Neil Hall/REUTERS)

As we come off celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, I feel like it’s time to start talking about what we can do to mark this amazing occasion in the future.

The only other Queen to mark 60 years on the throne — Queen Victoria — is honoured here in Canada with a day off in May (known to most as the May 2-4). It’s her birthday, and it was celebrated while she was our monarch. But for Canadians who often feel overworked, the day off and the unofficial start to summer, is always welcome.

Queen Elizabeth deserves no less.

I propose Canada should mark the Queen’s 60 years with a day off. As she celebrated the big occasion on the first weekend in June – with Brits getting the Monday AND Tuesday off – that’s what Canada should do next year, on the 60th anniversary of her coronation (she became Queen a year earlier when her father died).

Canadians would appreciate a day off in June – the only summer month where we don’t have one – and no doubt, we’d be singing “Cheers!” to the Queen for years to come around campfires, at BBQs, or just sitting in front of the television for an extra day.

We could dub it the June 6-0 (2-4 for beers, 6-0 for a 60 of Canadian whiskey and, of course, 60 years on the throne).

I don’t think this needs to wait until Queen Elizabeth surpasses Queen Victoria’s 63 years on the throne (and I have no doubt our current Queen will do this). We should get on this now, so we can celebrate next summer.

 

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5 comments

  1. alexander jamieson jr | June 12, 2012 at 12:09 am

    An Indigenous Person’s View on The Diamond Jubilee

    Given the incalculable amount of booty that the British Queen’s empire has pillaged, over the centuries, from indigenous people and the untold misery and death “Her Majesty’s” system has visited upon tribal peoples in the “New World,” it would seem more appropriate to refer to last week’s festivities in England as the “Bloody Diamond Jubilee.”

  2. J | June 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

    As I have said many a time before the monarchy is an embarrassment, not an asset. Most people under 30 think victoria day is something to do with victory, not honouring some dried up old queen (and most think the term queen refers to a homosexual, the monarch doesn’t even come to mind at first.)

  3. L. G. O'Connell | June 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    As a Canadian subject who is loyal to the monarchy, I believe we should have a holiday to celebrate Queen Elizabeth 11; I just don’t see it happening in my life time, as anyone younger than 50 either has no knowledge of the monarchy, or could care less — the rest are immigrants from other countries who obviously don’t believe in the monarchy (heck, half of them are trying to make Canada carbon copies of the country they just left!). Add to that another paid day off, and well you can just hear the outcries now. Or would we haved to forfeit one of our already statutory days off (see Ontario’s “Family Day” as an example)?

  4. MasterWooten | June 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    So we’ve heard the two leftist arguments, now for the one which holds that Canada’s heritage IS well represented in the monarchy, that the country itself is largely a British construct (notice the language with which we’re conversing for instance).

    This Queen did not rape, enslave or colonize anybody. Besides in the era in which those practices took place EVERYBODY not just the British did so, even Africans to themselves. By that logic NO ONE anywhere deserves to be proud of themselves then or today. Just think of how some aboriginals or Francophones feel when we’re out celebrating Canada Day in a couple of weeks.

    Look the Queen is at the root of what it means to be Canadian, hell the Monarchy is embedded into our laws, and legal system, it would take a reopenning of the constitution to change that, no one would be stupid enough to propose that. Fact is the only thing I see with those detracting from the Monarchy is typical bellyaching and complaining. If it weren’t the Monarchy it would for damn sure be something else.

    What does that random US GI say as he’s holding his canteen cup? “How ’bout a nice cup of shut the F–k up.”

  5. alex jamieson | June 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

    What?! No mention of the genocidal Indian residential school policies of the Crown?

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