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Canada Republic: A valentine on Flag Day

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

By happy coincidence each year, Valentine’s Day cozies up next to Flag Day (Feb. 15), the anniversary of the Maple Leaf’s adoption in 1964. That’s appropriate, because both days are about love. On Valentine’s, our passions show with kisses, cards, and chocolate. On Flag Day—well, 47 years after it was born, we tend to repress public displays of affection for the flag, and that ought to change. We possess patriotic passion, but the day sees no pageants, parades, or nationwide flag raisings, and no songs sung about it. Then again, it is February, and in some places it’s reached the freezing point of nylon.

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Michael Ignatieff: Your Wife has to swear an oath to an old lady to vote for you

April 29, 2011 2 comments

With the May 2nd Federal Election approaching, and Michael Ignatieff’s Liberal Party needing all the support it can get, it is unfortunate that his own wife, Hungarian Zsuzsanna Zsohar is not yet a Canadian citizen and thus, cannot add her support to his plummeting poll numbers. What’s worse is that if Mrs. Zsohar wants to become a Canadian citizen, she must swear an Oath to the queen and not to Canada, the country with which her husband wants to lead.

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The Monarchy & “Liberal” Royalists By Can Pat

April 23, 2011 2 comments
Of all things, before all else must issue a sincere and heartfelt condemnation to royalists that identify themselves as leftists or liberals. There is nothing liberal or democratic about monarchy, whatever it has done or hasn’t done. Any person who is a leftist and a monarchist is like a black member of the Ku Klux Klan—an idiot undergoing an identity crisis. One can’t be the upholder of democratic ideals and of an inherently evil and unnecessary institution that is at the core of all the inconsistent whinings about imperialism and colonialism we Canadians have always attributed against the Americans. Republics can correct themselves while monarchies cannot and won’t. Royalists, whatever political stripe, either hate democracy or are too stupid or insane (in some cases both) to realize monarchy is an evil affront to democracy and will fight tooth and nail to prevent it.

Canadian Republican Research List – March 2011

April 8, 2011 Leave a comment

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

(1) March 2, 2011 … Prime minister, wife invited to royal wedding — but will they go? : http://bit.ly/dTWbFR

(2) March 4, 2011 … Canada doesn’t have a constitutional monarchy. It has a “Harper government” … Tories re-brand government moniker in government communications : http://bit.ly/gH6PNj

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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 Flag deserves Place of Honour at ALL times

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

A year ago this week, we gathered in every corner of the land to cheer young athletes to greatness. If the Vancouver Olympics had unofficial colors, they were surely red and white. The Maple Leaf was everywhere, and the best parts were when our flag got hoisted just slightly higher than the others, in gold medal position. To the strains of our national hymn, we stood, belting it out, choking back tears, with a lump in our throats. It felt great, with all the world, to see no flag higher.

Which is why, on this 46th birthday of our beloved Maple Leaf, it’s insulting that federal rules still require it to take second place. The Department of Canadian Heritage decrees that the Canadian flag be eclipsed by the personal banners of any British royal, governor general, or lieutenant governor, anytime they’re nearby. By one count, no fewer than 30 personal pennants bounce the Maple Leaf from pride of place. Read more…

Canadian Republican Research List – Dec 2010/Jan 2011

February 9, 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. His first submission, covering December 2010-January 2011 is below:
December 21, 2010 … Queen keeps her head on [some] Canadian stamps : http://bit.ly/g9d0D8 

December 22, 2010 … Lorne Gunter: It’s time for Canada to break ties with the British … A king or queen has to be someone the people — right, left or indifferent — can turn to when they tire of squabbles over such matters. If Charles insists on becoming yet another lightning rod on these issues, the people will quickly lose interest and turn away … Before that day arrives, it  would be smart of us to debate a made-in-Canada alternative : http://bit.ly/elj3Ea

December 24, 2010 … Read more…

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