Do you feel that the ruler of England should be removed as a figure head of Canada after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II? Should Canada finally break free from England in this matter?
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Britain has no actual power over Canada - it is merely a traditional position of respect. Which is why the question raises if there is a point once the Queen passes along, or if we should go our own way and reform politically for a more modern take.
There are plenty of people of Scottish descent living in Canada. In the past the RCMP was full of people of Scottish descent. So Scotland and Canada have that in common.
Rod I don't think you understand. Elizabeth does not have any control over Canada, it is merely for looks. Which is why I'm wondering if there's even a point after she's gone as it is only out of respect. Our PM makes all decisions already.
The Queen doesn't have any real power over the English, does she? Isn't she just a figurehead there as well? The question in my mind, does Canada derive any benefit from its Commonwealth status. Also, does that status prevent your choice of gov't?
I don't think we're saying we'd break free completely, although some Canadians may want to, I'm just asking if people want to keep her as the figure head. I don't care either way.
I understand, ironicstar. Elizabeth doesn't have any real control over Australia, either. We too have a PM. Elizabeth doesn't even have any real control over Britain. Whether you want her as a figurehead or not is the question.
No, it's not the question. The question is - once Elizabeth is dead should we keep the new monarch as our figurehead. As we mostly kept the status as a respect for Elizabeth. My question is after her death, not now.
Same difference to me ironicstar.
I would like to put forward that I have no actual opinion on this matter either way, which is why I ask. I think it's a very interesting question. Canada makes all of their own decisions, and we basically only have them as a figure head.
There was one high level debate some years ago about forming an Australian republic. Like most Australians I voted against taking the first step toward a republic because I did not like the poilitics of those who were chiefly pushing for it.
It's not really about this at all, it's only about keeping an archaic figure-head type relationship once the respectable monarch has passed.
It depends, since it is a matter of respect - would you respect the new leader as the face of Canada? If you're a citizen. It's just an interesting topic.
I look at the whole world objectively. At the core level of existence. If you do, the question answers itself.
How best to form a republic is the real question, Sri T. Until those who want to make changes in Australia take my interests into consideration let things remain the way they are. No doubt there are Canadians who feel the same.
I'm asking this as a Canadian citizen. They have no real power on Canada and I want to know if people (mostly our citizens but others too) believe we should keep their name on the building out of respect, so to speak.
Sri T, are you saying that just because a person is born into the position, say, of King or Queen, that they are unlikely to have a very deep sense of duty and commitment to do their job honestly and without favour? That would be very presumptuous.
jonnycomelately, it is like the mystic Neville said, "bloodlines are for horses". If you want to bow down to such nonsense that is your choice. If you look at the situation objectively, the appearance will change. Understand the motives.
Sri T, I think you miss the point. Queen Elizabeth II has shown in the past a deep senzse of duty and commitment to being the figure head for Britain that she is. The Question is whether Canada would best be served by someone purely Canadian.
"...monarch should allow..." Queen Elizabeth is putting up no barriers in relation to Australia nor, I suspect, Canada. She rules through Parliament..... the people decide ultimately.
I agree this isn't a decision of whether the monarch will allow it, this is a decision on Canada's part.
The royal family hasn't had any real power for a very long time. The last time power was exercised in Australia by the queen's chief representative, the Governor-general, was in the 1970s against Prime Minister Whitlam.
I have nothing against the queen, which is why my focus does not say "should we remove the queen as figure head of Canada" My question focuses on whether or not the new monarch should be given this position too, or if we should move on when she does.
I am a Canadian, and I was sort of hoping it would be Canadians who would answer.