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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Former Federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff uncomfortable with current oath of allegiance to the Queen

In his memoir, Fire and Ashes, Michael Ignattief recalls being surprised that the current Oath of Allegiance to the Queen, which he was required to take before taking office, included nothing about the people who had voted him into office. “Instead, as in all Commonwealth democracies like ours, I swore an oath to Her Majesty the […]

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Hearst still waiting for permission to drop mandatory pledge of allegiance to the Queen

It’s almost three years since, the small, predominantly French-speaking town in northern Ontario asked the province for permission to drop a mandatory pledge of allegiance to the Queen required of incoming municipal politicians. The town is still waiting for an answer. Councillors from Hearst, about 950 kilometres northwest of Ottawa, voted to ask Ontario’s Ministry […]

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