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'I am above politics': Adrienne Clarkson
Canada's Governor General will not appear before a parliamentary committee on government operations and estimates. "I am above politics," she told CBC Newsworld. "And I don't mean to be above politics, I am above politics." - During the interview, Clarkson referred constantly to her office using the sobriquet "we", similar to the language used by Queen Elizabeth II. The estimated $1-million price tag for her three-week state visit, which travels to Russia, Finland and Iceland with 59 Canadians, has incensed some MPs of the parliamentary committee on government operations and estimates. Last year, Clarkson's circumpolar tour cost $5.3 million. The 19-day trip included wine tastings and state dinners. These trips are classed as a state visit and are therefore paid from the budget of the Foreign Affairs Department - not the $19-million-plus budgeted for the Governor General this year. Committee member and Canadian Alliance MP Ken Epp said the Governor-General must be held to account. "We're looking at the Governor-General in terms of unfettered unaccountable spending," he said. Mr. Epp also suggested Ms. Clarkson be taxed on her salary. Ms. Clarkson was appointed to the $97,000-a-year post four years ago. The Governor-General's salary historically has not been taxed. NDP MP Pat Martin, who is also a committee member, said it may be time for Canadians to conduct an analysis of what they want from the Governor-General's office. He said the budget has been increased to about $19-million from $11-million — an increase of more than 60 per cent — since Ms. Clarkson took the job. "There's an absolute zero tolerance among Canadians right now that even hints at excess," Mr. Martin said. The Governor-General's office has said its officials wouldn't explain the trips to Iceland, Finland and Russia because they are state visits taken at the request of the Department of Foreign Affairs. For most of the past century, governors-general have traveled abroad on state visits. As the representative of the Queen in Canada, the Governor-General performs all the functions of Canada's head of state.
Canadian government attempted to abolish the Monarchy during Trudeau years
Pravda - Russian publication details the 1973 Canadian Plot to abolish the Monarchy - An attempt to establish a presidential republic in Canada was made in 1973. The Canadian government developed legislation which was to curtail the British Queen's powers in Canada. But the Queen didn't give up and didn't put her signature under the Canadian document. At the end of 1972, the Montreal Gazette reported that the government developed five plans according to which the powers of the Queen over Canada were to be curtailed. Queen Elizabeth II took the Canadian document seriously; it was said that the Queen even accepted four of the proposals. But she rejected the proposal to be replaced with a president. Then prime minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau decided not to insist upon a presidential republic to be created in Canada, as he understood that the very posing of the problem might entail fatal consequences for a government that managed to remain in power due to a slight difference in voting during federal elections. It is likely that Canada did not submit the five proposals to London for consideration. But there are still lots of classified documents in the State Archives. It is not ruled out that more details concerning the problem may be uncovered in the future.
Discriminatory laws continue to forbid Catholic head of state
Ontario Superior Court of Justice - Crown rejects challenge with the reasoning that Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not apply in England. Tony O'Donohue plans to continue his challenge.Entire result of June 26th crown ruling
Did you know that Canada's official head of state -- the British monarch -- is barred from being Roman Catholic? Tony O'Donohue knows it -- and wants the "outdated" rule changed to reflect 21st-century Canada, where it's estimated that upwards of 40% of the population is Catholic." The Act of Settlement has no place in Canadian life," O'Donohue said. Specifically, the 1701 British Act of Settlement forbids any non-protestant from ascending to the throne. O'Donohue ultimately wants the government to both declare the act unconstitutional and lobby the UK for its reform. "Catholics are singled out in this -- it singles out non-Protestants," O'Donohue said. "I'm quite embarrassed we have such a piece of debris in our constitution." Because of the strict rules it outlines for the monarchy, the act has also raised controversy in Britain. The Guardian newspaper campaigned to have the act reformed, pointing out that it could be construed to discriminate against Muslims, Jews, or any other non-Protestant faith. In 1999, the Scottish Parliament unanimously backed a motion to abolish the act. The act, explained O'Donohue's lawyer James Morton, is implied in the Canadian Constitution because the feds look to it for its laying out of terms for the monarchy. An Ontario Superior Court will begin hearing O'Donohue's arguments today before deciding whether to proceed with a full hearing into the matter. The Canadian government is contending that a hearing should not proceed, Morton said. The case "could change Canadian history" because of its minute potential to have the Crown declared unconstitutional, said Tom Freda of the group Citizens for a Canadian Republic, who are supporting O'Donohue's case. Freda contends that the three-century-old act contravenes Canadian law. Section 15(1) of The Charter of Rights and Freedoms expressly forbids discrimination on the basis of "race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability". "Why should our head of state be exempt from our Charter of Rights and Freedoms?" Freda asked.
Former National Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement, Greg Barns, addresses Canadian Republic movement
Converging Paths: Canada and Australia vs. The Monarchy - Greg Barns, National Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement from 2000 to 2002 and National Campaign Director of the 1999 referendum for an Australian head of state addressed members and supporters of Citizens for a Canadian Republic (CCR) at an informal evening dinner and reception at Urban Restaurant in downtown Toronto (June, 17, 2003). Greg discussed Australia’s republican movement, its future and parallels with the Canadian republican movement.
Movement advocating a Canadian republic is officially launched
Toronto - Described by the Ottawa Citizen as the "most ambitious campaign yet to sever Canada's ties to the monarchy", Citizens for a Canadian Republic announced its formation as a non-profit organization in a timely April 10 press release. In addition to the Ottawa Citizen, the media blitz also included coverage in the National Post and ten other daily Canadian newspapers, several cross-Canada radio talk shows and national television networks CBC and CTV. Claiming to have produced more organized media interest in Canadian republicanism in one week than in all the years since the 1837 Rebellion combined, the group's main objective is to promote options for replacing Queen Elizabeth II as Canada's head of state with a Canadian chosen by Canadians. http://www.canadian-republic.ca. Ottawa Citizen 4/11/02, National Post 4/11/02, press release 4/10/02.
Canada's Head of State supports Iraq war. Canada's Prime Minister does not.
Should Canada's head of state remain neutral when Britain and Canada's political decisions are different?
20 March, 2003 - Message from the Queen to those deployed in the Gulf:
"At this difficult moment in our nation's history, I would like to express my pride in you, the British service and civilian personnel deployed in the Gulf and in the vital supporting roles in this country and further afield. I have every confidence in your professionalism and commitment as you face the challenges before you. Especially for those of you now waiting to go into action, may your mission be swift and decisive, your courage steady and true, and your conduct in the highest traditions of your service both in waging war and bringing peace. My thoughts are with you all, and with your families and friends who wait at home for news and pray for your safe return." ELIZABETH R.
Canada's 'future' head of state promotes Britain at Canada's expense
Mexico City - The debate about whether the Queen represents Canada when she travels abroad was recently raised when her son and heir to the throne Charles, arrived in Mexico City March 6 on a three-day visit to promote trade and investment between Mexico and Britain. One would think that using members of the Royal Family as hawkers of British goods and services is a bit crass at best but to do so at the expense of Canada, which is a NAFTA trading partner of Mexico, would appear to be in conflict with claims by monarchists that Canada's head of state is both impartial to influence and protective of Canada's interests. Republicans have always argued that when the Queen and her family travel abroad, they do so as representatives of Britain not Canada and to say otherwise is a falsehood perpetrated by those who wish to deceive Canadians about the relevence of the monarchy. Prince Charles visits Mexico City 03/08/02
New poll shows a majority want Canadians on dollar instead of the Queen
Montreal - A Leger Marketing poll released on April 1 indicates fifty-six percent of Canadians want the Queen replaced with famous people from Canada's history on the reverse side of the dollar. Thirty-nine percent prefer no change while five percent were undecided. The same poll also equalled 2001 results that show 43 percent of Canadians favour replacing the Queen as head of state, fifty percent want no change while seven percent were undecided. The complete poll in Acrobat format can be downloaded here.
Are Canadians 'subjects' of the Queen or citizens of Canada?
Ottawa - The separatist Bloc Québecois ironically stood up for Canada last month when they refused to grant their approval of an ill-advised parliamentary statement of condolences to the Royal Family on the passing of the Queen Mother. The Bloc objected to the wording of the motion passed by the Commons that mentioned all Canadians as "dutiful and loyal subjects" of the Queen. They were of course, well aware that Canadians have not been officially referred to as "subjects" of the Queen since the Citizenship Act was implemented in 1949. Notable was the complete lack of disapproval of Canadians of the Bloc action. National Post 4/9/02, Ottawa Sun 4/9/02
Québec on road to being the first republic within a united Canada
Québec City - Jean-Pierre Charbonneau, Quebec's Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Parti Québécois's chief separatist strategist finally recognizes what most Canadians, French or English, already know - that Quebecers presently have no appetite for complete independence from Canada. In realizing this, their new efforts appear to be headed in the direction of provincial electoral reform that could ultimately be a guide to similar modifications by other provinces and at the federal level. Possible changes being discussed are a switch to proportional representation, a provincial president elected by direct vote, an unelected Cabinet and a republican-style separation of powers between the executive and Parliament. National Post 4/11/02
TIme Canada chooses pro-republic cabinet minister as top newsmaker
Toronto - Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Manley, who's repeatedly called for a debate on replacing the monarchy, has been named Time Magazine of Canada's 2001 Newsmaker of the Year. Whether its his views on the monarchy, post 9/11 terrorist stance, Liberal Party leadership aspirations or his run in the New York Marathon, he seems to always make the headlines. For more information, go to Time Canada
Nova Scotia NDP Leader battles monarchists in provincial legislature
Halifax - "The Royal Anthem is not appropriate in a legislative chamber whose constitutional purpose is to assert people’s democratic right to govern themselves rather than be ruled by a monarch" says Nova Scotia Opposition Leader Darrell Dexter. This was in response to the ruling Conservative Party's attempts in May to reinstate the singing of 'God save the Queen' on the opening of Legislature. Legislators with Acadian ancestors who were persecuted by British colonialists are also on record as saying they would refuse to participate when called to do so. The Conservatives later backed away from the controversy and rescinded the proposal. To view Mr. Dexter's September 24th letter to Monarchy-Free Canada, click here.
Will tiny Barbados dump the monarchy before Canada?
Bridgetown - Buoyed by the support of Prime Minister Owen Arthur, the Caribbean island of Barbados appears to be poised to beat Canada and even Australia to the punch and declare itself a republic. A self-governing constitutional monarchy since 1966, Barbados' main obstacle to taking the plunge is the questions surrounding the present role of the British Privy Council which serves as the final appeals court for the nation of 275,000. Many Barbadians feel their own replacement supreme court would be too easily influenced by local political factors.
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