MONARCHY – Why having a Queen (or King) still makes sense for Canada

Queen Elizabeth II.

Research Associate
Frontier Centre for Public Policy

PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE MONARCHY in Canada is lower than in the United Kingdom, but Queen Elizabeth II’s reign isn’t over yet and there’s no real reason to believe Prince Charles won’t become the next head of state.

Jack Buckby.

Quebec aside, Elizabeth remains extremely popular throughout Canada. Polls show eight out of 10 Canadians positively endorse her. And while a majority of Canadians suggest cutting ties with the monarchy upon the Queen’s death, the majority is slim and roughly half of the population would accept Charles as the next head of state.

The role of the Queen in British politics has been amplified in recent months with the ongoing shambles related to the United Kingdom’s expected withdrawal from the European Union.

When Prime Minister Boris Johnson requested her approval for a longer-than-usual prorogation of Parliament (which was later reversed in the courts), it felt like the future of Brexit was in Her Majesty’s hands.

Technically, it was. Had the prorogation not been granted, those in Parliament who favoured remaining in the EU would have had extra time to formulate plans to stifle Britain’s planned exit.

Activists in favour of remaining in the EU have rioted and politicians have engaged in the most egregious acts of defiance and disrespect for democracy.

Meanwhile, the Queen has been a refreshingly neutral, respectful and loyal participant throughout. Her positive influence, and her power, have felt very real in recent months.

But in Canada, her role might well seem less prominent. Perhaps it’s a combination of the fact that much of her work is done by the governor general of Canada, as well as the interesting silence over the matter by Canadian Jacobins.

I’m talking about far-left extremists who are willing to jump on any political cause that might create headaches for the stereotypical politician and decry colonialism as genocide.

It’s important to consider the thoughts of activists like this in relation to the role the monarchy plays in Canada.

While incessant social media campaigns tell Canadians and the rest of the world that colonialism has resulted in the carefully planned and ongoing cultural genocide of various cohorts of people in Canada, little is said about the living, breathing embodiment of European influence over North America.

Isn’t this hypocrisy?

I say this as a staunch British monarchist. The Commonwealth that binds the U.K. and Canada – along with 51 other member states – is a great positive for the world.

I’ve heard little in the way of criticism from Canadian Jacobins. That’s probably because support for the monarchy hasn’t completely diminished and many of these activists are likely in favour of the monarchy – or at least indifferent about it.

For those who don’t support the monarchy as an institution in Canada: Would you prefer an American-style system? Do you prefer a directly-elected head of state, a president who encompasses both the role of the prime minister and queen?

Next time you find yourself sharing space with Canadian Jacobin at a Royal visit, ask them if they really support the crown.

Jack Buckby is a research associate with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and a British author and researcher. His last book, Architects of Betrayal, explores the disastrous EU exit withdrawal negotiations under the leadership of Prime Minister Theresa May.

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1 Comment on MONARCHY – Why having a Queen (or King) still makes sense for Canada

  1. Kings theory is archaic. The belief that land ownership is a king’s right. Is barbaric. I assure you that if you came here and placed a flag on the creators land; you would believe that because no one chopped your flag down that you own all of North America?

    Because you’re a king you believe that every atom that is adjoined to another atom that touches your flag some how entitles you to ownership of all atoms touching. This seems absurd. Further more that because the lord can walk in the forest and hunt that land also belongs to that lord? I have not seen the queen of Canada ever hunting anywhere in Alberta! So this claim to is rubbish

    No you can’t own land that you do not improve with your own hand. I have no lord that will bend my back to labor and if you so claim I challenge that man or woman to a duel. As i refuse to live on my feet as a subject to your lord’s

    The crown also makes the claim that all the resources of this great land are hers in usufruct. I revoke that usufructory right and reserve the rights to the resources of the creator for my own pleasure

    In short having a king or a queen makes no sense to me or those on the creators lands.

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