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Is the monarchy dangerous for Canada?

- March 15th, 2012
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How can anyone question the monarchy in Canada when the Queen is so adorable? (Photo: Leon Neal/REUTERS)

Monarchy is a dangerous anachronism.

That was the topic of debate Wednesday night in an event hosted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute at the Museum of Civilization Theatre in Gatineau, Que.

Unfortunately, given where I live, I couldn’t go – but the Otttawa Sun’s Anthony Furey did go.

Furey’s column is an interesting read.

He notes historian Michael Bliss said the monarchy will eventually be phased out in Canada. Massey College master John Fraser, instead, said the monarchy is “the mystery and magic” of our constitution.

But, Furey says, “Neither debater asked the key question that any monarchist must address: what is man’s relationship to government? Is man in charge of his government, or vice versa?”

He added, “Hereditary monarchy should offend the sensibilities of any proponent of democracy.”

I recommend reading the column, then let me know what you think. Do you agree with Furey?

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  1. Anne Roy | March 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Speaking as a Canadian currently living in England I think our Commonwealth and Monarchy connection is good for us.

    In theory at the top of our political heap we have someone who does not need our money nor our vote.

    It also gives us an interesting edge with our neighbours to the south as the U.S. fascination with the Monarchy raises them to film star levels. We of course know better, they were there before we were born & will continue to be there after we are dead They give us yet another difference (aside from free health care)

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