Canadian politicians

Canadian election 2015 : Ask about a democratic head of state at your local all-candidates meeting

The official campaign just began on Sunday, August 2. But unofficially the real Canadian federal election of 2015 has been under way since as long ago as the 24th of May. Back on June 19 the veteran CBC TV pundit Andrew Coyne urged that there “has never been an election campaign like the one on which we are now embarked ... There’s a weird fin-de-siècle glow in the air, a sense of things coming unstuck, old certainties uprooted. Policies, parties, institutions, everything is in flux, to a degree I cannot recall any precedent for.” (more…)

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Canadian politicians

Happy 50th birthday to Canada’s independent flag … next stop independent head of state … soon!

Sunday, February 15, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of today’s independent Canadian maple leaf flag. The ultimately successful birth of the flag in the 1960s had some precedents in the 1940s and even the 1920s. And in his excellent Canadian flag history the meteorology professor emeritus from beautiful BC, Alistair B. Fraser, notes that “the Maple Leaf” was recommended as “pre-eminently the proper badge to appear on our flag” in the 1890s! These early rumblings suggest how long ago it was widely enough recognized that the old British North American red ensign, with a Union Jack in the top left-hand corner, was only a halfway house on what the constitutional law professor Brian Slattery has called “the long process of decolonization that Canada has undergone since 1867.” (more…)

By Randall White, ago
Canadian politicians

Tony O’Donohue on the coming 50th birthday of our Canadian flag

We’re honoured to have former long-term Toronto City Councillor (and sometime mayoral candidate) Tony O'Donohue on our RN/RC Board of Directors. Tony has been a staunch and active Canadian republican for many years. He was the applicant in O'Donohue v. Canada (aka O'Donohue v. the Queen) — a legal challenge to the exclusion of Roman Catholics (and indeed, in effect, all other non-Anglican Protestants) from the current office of Canadian head of state (which is also of course the British monarch, Defender of the Faith and Head of the Church of England). (more…)

By Randall White, ago
Canadian politicians

Choosing a Governor General

By Bruce Hicks August 1, 2014 The prime minister recommends to the Queen who should become governor general in Canada and, in the modern era, the Queen accepts that name without question. Upon appointment, the governor general is delegated all of the Queen’s powers, including the ‘reserve powers’ which he or she may, in certain circumstances, exercise with discretion, including appointing or dismissing the prime minister and dissolving or proroguing parliament. The qualifications that one should have in order to become governor general and the process involved in choosing the best candidate with those qualifications is deserving of an open discussion and examination. Having a competent governor general, given the occasional though rare role as umpire with respect to unwritten constitutional conventions, is essential. (more…)

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