This letter by Paul Cusack appeared in the Telegraph Journal on November 22nd. My reply to it, featured below, appeared this morning. I often (thought less so recently) have the opportunity to respond to letters to the editor or editorials in New Brunswick papers. Most often, as in this case, readers and journalists are misinformed in their research or misleading in their writing.
THE MONARCHY IS OUTDATED
Why does Canada continue to have ties with Great Britain if only one in five in Ontario consider themselves English in origin?
Do the Scottish and Irish consider a connection to the monarchy that oppressed them important? Why do we bother with unpopular monarchs?
When Prince Charles came to Saint John,the crowds were very thin.I would say that the majority of Canadians feel no connection whatsoever with the British monarchy.They are foreign power an ocean and a continent away.
Why not put it to the vote? Oh there is always the squeaky wheel that bellows about tradition.They had a parade in west Saint John last summer in honour of the Queen.I’d say there were about 10 people there.
It’s a reminder that Canadians no longer feel any connection to Britain.Canada can stand on its own.And that’s not counting the opinion of the rest of our country, including Newfoundland,Quebec, the prairies,Alberta and British Columbia.
Put it to the vote and say goodbye to the Governor General’s Office.
STILL PROUD TO HAVE A QUEEN
Paul Cusack’s letter of Nov. 21 contains some common misunderstandings about the Crown in Canada.
First and foremost, Canada’s status as a constitutional monarchy has nothing to do with “ties with Great Britain.” It is true that our Crown has its roots in the United Kingdom and that we share a sovereign with that Kingdom. We also share the same sovereign with fourteen other independent nations around the world.
However, in no way, shape or form does that impact our sovereignty or our independence.
We are not a constitutional monarchy simply because a good number of the original settlers in what is today Canada came here from England. Our monarchical roots stretch back well before the British Crown gained power over the whole of the northern colonies of North America.
Mr. Cusack would have your readers believe that there is no one left in this country who feels an attachment to our Queen. However, thousands of Canadians came out this Spring to greet their future King and his wife on their royal tour of Canada, and thousands more greeted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the summer before – they attracted one of the largest crowds ever seen on Parliament Hill for Canada Day (estimated at 300,000).
Furthermore, I have taken care to record details of events held across the province throughout the past year in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Museums have launched special Diamond Jubilee exhibits, awards and scholarships have been developed.
Canada does stand on its own. Throwing away a system of government which protects our democratic institutions so well in favour of an elected head of state would hardly make us more mature or independent. The members of the Monarchist League of Canada in New Brunswick are proud of the work of our Queen and her viceregal representatives across this great land. God Save the Queen of Canada!
BARRY R. MacKENZIE
New Brunswick Branch