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Time to Reconsider Monarchy? October 20, 2009

Posted by J. Hawkes in News.
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An article today by Andrew Cohen in the Ottawa Citizen suggests that now is the time (in view of the Queen’s current advanced age) for an intelligent and informed debate about the future of Canada’s Monarchy.

He suggests that the current arrangement is particularly “antiquated” and that it needs to be (and has been by modern Governor Generals) made more modernized, “making it more relevant and more Canadian.”

And although Cohen suggests a Royal Commission be launched to investigate such a change, he makes no particular suggestion as to how it could be made more “relevant” or how exactly our Head-of-State could be “more Canadian.”

Certainly Cohen has his own ideas about what constitutes “Canadian” (see: The Unfinished Canadian: the People We Are), but what exactly his prescription for what might be a more Canadian Head-of-State than the current Canadian Head-of-State remains, at the moment, a mystery.