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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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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 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 : http://bit.ly/fyIoF9 Read more…

Canadian Flag deserves Place of Honour at ALL times

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Canada Post Stamps Issued To Non-Canadians

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

The post office has decided it WILL issue a stamp for the wedding of William and Kate. This reverses its original decision to NOT issue one:

Royal wedding gets Canada Post’s stamp of approval

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/02/05/royal-wedding-gets-canada-posts-stamp-of-approval/

Until January, Canada Post resisted calls for a royal wedding stamp. But then they heard from some collectors and members of the public (I wonder who), and revisited the idea. They are justifying it now on the basis of this being an event of widespread interest. Read more…

Pas de serment d’allégeance obligatoire à la reine

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Le conseil municipal de Hearst demande au gouvernement de l’Ontario de lever l’obligation qu’ont les conseillers municipaux de prêter un serment d’allégeance à la reine d’Angleterre.

En Ontario, un conseiller municipal qui refuse de prêter allégeance à la reine après son élection perd son siège.

Le conseiller André Rhéaume préférerait prêter allégeance au Canada. La motion qu’il a présentée propose de laisser le choix aux conseillers: prêter serment à la reine ou au pays.

« Personnellement, la reine ne me dit pas grand-chose. Pour d’autres, c’est important, donc je respecte leur choix », déclare M. Rhéaume

Seul le gouvernement provincial a le pouvoir de changer les règles. La résolution adoptée par le conseil municipal de Hearst lui demande donc de revoir sa loi.

Richard Leclerc, conseiller au ministère des Affaires municipales et du Logement, affirme que c’est la première fois, à sa connaissance, qu’une municipalité veut changer le serment d’allégeance.

Les règles sont différentes dans d’autres provinces. Au Québec, par exemple, les conseillers municipaux proclament allégeance au pays.

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