A great and important moment for Canada as well

  1. How can anyone write this sort of nonsense in the year 2010 with a straight face? There are no doubt reasonable differences of opinion on the value of the British monarchy in Canada today. But to try to pin the label "cynics" on the higher-minded majority of Canadians who, the latest opinion poll on the subject still suggests, want to end our now strictly formal ties to the institution on the unhappy death of Elizabeth II, even with the new wedding announcement, is just intellectual bullying, of the sort once specialized in by the archaic Family Compact in these parts. This kind of elitist snobbery does seem to be what the monarchist cause in this country so often offers nowadays. And that is just one of the many good reasons why it finally has no future. All the best to Prince William and the quite cute Ms. Middleton. But to insist they will one day be King and Queen of Canada is just to show contempt for the rising tide of our independent parliamentary democracy (or "free and democratic society" as the Constitution Act 1982 puts it), in the 21st century.

  2. How can anyone write this sort of nonsense in the year 2010 with a straight face? There are no doubt reasonable differences of opinion on the value of the British monarchy in Canada today. But to try to pin the label "cynics" on the higher-minded majority of Canadians who, the latest opinion poll on the subject still suggests, want to end our now strictly formal ties to the institution on the unhappy death of Elizabeth II, even with the new wedding announcement, is just intellectual bullying, of the sort once specialized in by the archaic Family Compact in these parts. This kind of elitist snobbery does seem to be what the monarchist cause in this country so often offers nowadays. And that is just one of the many good reasons why it finally has no future. All the best to Prince William and the quite cute Ms. Middleton. But to insist they will one day be King and Queen of Canada is just to show contempt for the rising tide of our independent parliamentary democracy (or "free and democratic society" as the Constitution Act 1982 puts it), in the 21st century.

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