Did the PM plagiarize Prince Charles?

Maclean’s blogs the Royal Visit, including highlights, fashion and faux pas


Did the PM plagiarize the prince?In Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s welcoming speech he quoted what Prince Charles said on an earlier visit: “Every time I come to Canada … a little more of Canada seeps into my bloodstream – and from there straight to my heart.”

Alas, that was what Charles was going to say a few minutes later in his own speech. Rosie DiManno got straight to the point: “This isn’t rocket science. When touring royals deliver prepared comments on these gigs, they routinely submit the speeches in advance for vetting, lest they put their foot in it and say something controversial or actually worth quoting.” It’s hard to fathom how Harper and his staff didn’t know what Prince Charles was going to say. It was either a massive screw-up in the PMO or some sort of nasty political jab at a person whose constitutional role as heir to the throne means that he has to just sit and take it.

On a more conciliatory note, Camilla was wearing a large diamond Maple Leaf pin on her coat that looked like the one originally given to Charles’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, during her royal tour of Canada in 1939.

Today’s visits focus on history—the first English settlement in Newfoundland at Cupids as well as historic Brigus—and youth business, two big interests of Prince Charles. This afternoon he’s meeting with Memorial University’s Students in Free Enterprise (last year they were Canadian champs). Their work dovetails perfectly with his Prince’s Trust, which gives financial and practical support to young people, especially the unemployed, who need help in education, training and business skills. The charity has helped more than 600,000 since 1976.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 (Cupids, Brigus and St John’s)

Late morning
Their Royal Highnesses visit Cupids, the first English settlement in Canada, celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2010. Following a tour of the Cupids Cove Plantation Archaeological Site, Their Royal Highnesses proceed to the United Church for remarks and musical performances. Their Royal Highnesses unveil a plaque commemorating the Royal Visit for the new Cupids Legacy and Interpretation Centre. The Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Danny Williams, and other dignitaries will join Their Royal Highnesses.

Their Royal Highnesses visit Brigus, a small community known for its commitment to cultural heritage and architectural preservation. They will see St. George’s Church, the church garden and Brigus Harbour. They will visit John Leamon Stone Barn Museum for a short presentation on the history of the town, architecture and story of the port.

Their Royal Highnesses will continue on foot to Hawthorne Cottage, home of the world-renowned Arctic explorer and mariner Captain Bob Bartlett.

His Royal Highness visits the Stella Burry Community Services Centre in St. John’s. He will attend the opening of the new housing project at Rawlins Cross—the only building opening His Royal Highness will conduct on this visit— and unveil a plaque commemorating the opening and the Royal Visit.

Late Afternoon
His Royal Highness attends a demonstration and a discussion on sustainable fishing at the Marine Institute.

His Royal Highness meets with Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). These award-winning students will present a series of their entrepreneurial projects to The Prince at Memorial University.

Their Royal Highnesses join a reception co-hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, His Honour, the Honourable John C. Crosbie, and the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Danny Williams at the Rooms Provincial Archives, Art Gallery & Museum.


Did the PM plagiarize Prince Charles?

  1. Um, does the headline writer understand what "plagiarize" means?

      • Indeed.

      • Hey Jack. A bunch of us spectators started talking, and we would respectfully request you wear more than shoes and socks next time on the soccer pitch.

        • I can't help it, MYL. Soccer (or do I mean "fútbol"?) is such an earthy game, so profoundly human; a soccer pitch the original Eden, the one place a pedant can really dangle; where Man can be a man, where his inner and his outer Rousseau alike revel in the roar of 50 000 aficianados and the flailing of limbs, until finally all is lost in the surging collective scream of "Goooooooooooool!! Goooooooooooool!!" Forgive me my "excessive celebrating."

          • Ahem. You gonna wipe up?

    • It was a pre-emptive, strategic plagiarisation.

  2. Not again with the silly palgiarize stuff?

    • not lets talk about how great the current PMO seems to be at basic matters of protocol like planning bathroom breaks or reading the other speaker's speech prior to an the event.

      • you really don' t have sense of humour do you? I bet you can't even detect the joke? hint = go back to the post above mine (both of them) then get some fibre in your uber partisan diet … (good grief!)

  3. Probably Explained Elsewhere Question Alert: Is there some significance to the double poppy?

    • One from the Canadian Legion and one from the British equivalent, I would imagine.

  4. sorry psiclone missed the tip off spelling error palying off jack's comment re the mispelled title.

    in the absence it read like a partisan dismissal a la jarrid or jesse.

    read too fast. apologies.

  5. I am not an expert in protocol, but It didn't come across to me as a faux pas by the Prime Minister. I thought Prince Charles handled it in a humerous and clever manner. I did think the the GG shouldn't have been touching the Prince so much, and from what we saw, he didn't seem to appreciate it.

    • Charles has a very droll sense of humor.I doubt you would recognise it They seem to like Harper, especially Camilla.

  6. I was kinda hoping she was a gift from us to him.

  7. The writer of this article is an idiot. To plagiarize means to use someone else's words or ideas and present them as though they were your own. When you cite the source that's called documenting, or in the case of journalism, reporting. But what the hell does this jerk know about that!

  8. Quite the history that Cupids has – if you stop and think what was happening elsewhere at that time it sort of puts thing in perspective! I see no faux paus or plagariztion non sense whatsoever and in point of fact if you look at the obvious body laguage they all look like their getting along quite well to me. I like being in a constitutionally protected minority AKA monarchist I am indeed! As when you get you right down to it if you don't like it it all you can do is complain unless of course you want to have a revolution change the constitution and become a republic like the USA – that's your choice –

  9. Well, it's not like it hasn't happened before. Ask John Howard, former PM of Australia.

  10. “Rosie DiManno got straight to the point”

    No. way more twisting involved.

  11. In Brantford Ontario, a double poppy signifies a veteran – Something unique to this city. However, the Prince of Wales is wearing both a British and Canadian poppy.

  12. Cupids-very interesting to finally have someone bring some British history not commonly known since it is only acceptable in Canada nowadays to be proud of your history if it is French or other-and it took a visit by the royal couple to do that. However the history is fuzzy as some have said that St Johns is actually the oldest city in North America. Both Quebec City and St Johns had French and English settlers before the years that are actually on record as being an official "settlement".

  13. To be honest is the prime minister plagorising Prince Chalres really all that important of a topic. It seems like a silly thing to argue about even for the most informed political junkies. I am a politcal junkie and this topic really isn't all that important to me. Let alone the 50ish percent who don't vote and don't care about whats happening.

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