Archive for March, 2011

My Encounter With Bob Rae @ Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy By Ashok Charles

March 22, 2011 4 comments

The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy sponsors an annual debate in cooperation with the Hart House Debate Committee at the University of Toronto. Having learned that the resolution of this year’s debate would be: “Support for democracy should be the foundation for Canadian foreign policy,” and that Bob Rae would be speaking afterwards, I decided to attend.

As it happened, I had started reading Bob Rae’s most recent book, Exporting Democracy, and had been impressed with the breadth of the political and historical context contained in the first section. As part of his historical overview, he sketches out the contrasting notions of Thomas Paine, who advocated an uncompromising expression of the theory of egalitarian democracy, and Edmund Burke, who proposed great caution when modifying established institutions. Read more…


Flag Policy Archaic: Commonwealth Day marked with British, not Commonwealth, flag

March 14, 2011 11 comments

Today is Commonwealth Day. If that’s news, you’re forgiven. The only visible sign is a flag. Not the Commonwealth flag, mind you—the British flag. And that’s the problem. Every year, Ottawa reminds federal properties across the country to fly the Union Jack. It’s a suggestion followed assiduously by the City of Toronto and others, despite the Commonwealth having its own inclusive banner, one that’s Canadian in origin. Read more…

An Open, Republican Letter To Monarchy Sympathizers (Like Rachel Sa of The Toronto Sun)

March 11, 2011 4 comments

Below is an excerpt of a rebuttal written to Rachel Sa of The Toronto Sun on her poorly researched article on the monarchy in Canada from The Toronto Sun, Sunday, February 19th, 2011 (As of March 11th, I have yet to receive a response):

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Canadian Republican Research List – February 2011

March 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Prominent Canadian Republican Randall White has compiled a ‘Canadian Republican Research List’ providing a timeline of Canadian Republican-related news events/articles/happenings with appropriate links by date.

(1) January 31, 2011 … Canadians support changes to British throne succession: Poll … Ipsos pollster Darrell Bricker …  said the rules-of-succession issue isn’t likely to ignite a storm of controversy in Canadian politics … But he noted that broader questions about the country’s constitutional monarchy are likely to remain on the public’s radar as long as there is a prospect of minority and coalition Canadian governments, which tend to highlight the role of the governor general in deciding who governs and when elections occur … “One of the things that has become really interesting over the space of the last five years is the relevance of our more historic political institutions in this country,” he said : Read more…

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