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A defence of the Crown in The Sheaf December 28, 2013

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In the University of Saskatchewan student paper The Sheaf some time ago an excellent article was written robustly rebutting republican arguments against the Crown.

‘As Canadians, we should support the constitutional monarchy — including the recent birth of our future king, Prince George of Cambridge.

Prince George was born over-a-month ago and, while I agree such extravagant media coverage is unjustified, pointedly rejecting the monarchy merely gives more publicity to a family who already gets enough attention because of their status. Further publicizing the issue only serves to legitimize the American media’s bizarre celebrity worship of a monarchy they have nothing to do with.

It is no secret that the Royal Family is not overly fond of the media — paparazzi had a heavy hand in the death of Princess Diana — so why on earth would Prince William want to have his new family subjected to the same media circus his mother endured? This kind of attention is not asked for.’

 

(The remainder of the article may be found on The Sheaf website.

http://thesheaf.com/2013/09/20/in-defense-of-our-monarchy/

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Another Court Challenge to the Oath to the Queen July 12, 2013

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Several republican residents of our fair dominion want to become citizens of Canada without becoming subjects of Canada’s Queen. It certainly seems odd to me that people would want to move to this country grounded in monarchy despite being unwilling to swear an oath of allegiance to our ruler. Certainly the notion that requiring prospective Canadians to swear an oath to our monarch is “discriminatory” is such a patently ridiculous idea that I wonder how it could possibly even enter a courtroom.

I am somewhat inclined to agree with Mr. Gurney here that “If you don’t want to pledge allegiance to the Queen, don’t move to a Commonwealth country” but there is a bit of an issue to my mind with his idea that “If you want Canada to be a republic in the future, take the oath and become a citizen of Canada as it is today, and work from within to achieve the change you want.” I believe that the oath involves swearing to “bear true allegiance” to Her Majesty and her heirs, and I really do not agree with this apparently blasé attitude towards oath-taking, what is the point of oath-taking after all if there is a complete lack of consequences for immediately violating it? Those who do such things should be censured for failing to live up to their word.

A Call to (re)Consider the Monarchy July 7, 2010

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In the wake of Her Majesty’s recent visit to Canada, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix advocates a thoughtful consideration about the future role of the monarchy in Canada.

It’s a welcome debate.

As we approach the Queen’s diamond jubilee (sorry, no similar Canadian link – yet), it makes sense to take stock of how well our current constitutional monarchy has served Canada as a state and Canadians as individuals. Those of us already convinced by the merits of our system will do well to discuss the issue reasonably with our fellow Canadians. Indeed, such a public debate can be a unifying force. It would be a powerful symbol if Canada were able to recommit to our Head-of-State, perhaps through some official gesture in the House of Commons.

Our Head-of-State serves a mainly symbolic role, one that is abstractly applied through the institutionalized concept of the Crown but also personally entwined with the Queen herself and the history of her lineage. With such expansive implications it is hardly surprising that many people object (at least superficially) to one or more manifestations of the symbol of our Head-of-State. Nevertheless, our diverse and historically unique country is capable of broad political agreement in pursuit of peace, order and good government. It is wise to pursue a similar consensus with our Head-of-State, while admitting wholehearted unanimous agreement may be impossible.

Of course, the League’s view is that the monarchy has served us well, playing a crucial role in the development of parliamentary democracy and the founding of Canada. Over time, the monarchy has been tremendously flexible. And there seems little reason to suspect that it cannot continue to play its proper role as we face the unknown pressures and challenges of the 21st century.

Happy Birthday Monarchist League! February 23, 2010

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A note from the Dominion Chairman

Today is Founding Day, a special milestone as it marks the 40th Anniversary of the League’s existence.
Brought to life in 1970 at least partly in reaction to the perceived republican direction of the Trudeau government, the League has developed a respected place as the source of reliable information and informed opinion about the Canadian Crown, capable of effectively galvanizing public opinion when matters of controversy arise, as well as of undertaking the day-to-day work of educating our fellow citizens about the central role of the Constitutional Monarchy within Canada’s core democratic institutions. The first Loyal Society to have an Internet presence, the League continues to harness modern approaches to its cause, including social networking media, while also circulating its substantial and unique periodical, Canadian Monarchist News, and other print material.
Let us all celebrate this happy day, while we remember past victories, consider how to build our present organization and prepare to tackle work yet undone with renewed dedication and that commitment that has always characterized our fellowship.
God Save The Queen !

The Queen’s message to The President of Haiti January 15, 2010

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Her Majesty offers her condolences to The President of Haiti on the occasion of the earthquake:

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the earthquake in Haiti, with its huge loss of life and damage to homes and livelihoods. I offer my condolences and profound sympathy to all those affected. Elizabeth R”

via royal.gov.uk