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King Charles’ coronation: Should Canada become a republic?

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The royal family is British

Funny that. In Britain they are often regarded as German interlopers who had to change their name because of it. The English have had Scottish royals imposed on them too, in the 1600s, and the whole stinking edifice was Viking French in the beginning and didn't even speak English for centuries. Only the most ardently brainwashed imagines they are "one of us". The real question is whether Britain should become a republic. Canada is welcome to them all in their entirety, if they need them to be Canadian.

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It can only be decided by Canadians in a referendum.

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Should Canada become a republic?

No. It shouldn't.

It should form a Supranational Union (CANZUK) with OZ, NZ, and the UK.

Closer ties to the Commonwealth is a better idea than republicanism.

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The real absolute monarchs are Kim, Xi, and Putin. Britain's monarchs are just for show.

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Should Canada become a republic?

No. It shouldn't

Would they be better off as a republic? Would this affect Canada joining your Canzuk idea?

What do the polls say ( I’m not familiar with the biases of pollsters in Canada) . Are people that arsed about it that it’s worth calling a referendum?

If we were to become a republic, it’s important to agree on a mechanism by which a president might be chosen. This was a problem that dogged the republicans in Australia at the time of their 1999 referendum

This is a problem I see with the people calling for the abolition of the monarchy in the UK. It’s easy to attack the ridiculousness of having a hereditary head of state ( even supporters of the monarchy are forced to admit this ) but it’s more difficult to propose an alternative. In the UK, the go to line is ‘So you want President Tony Blair?’ for some reason. Very strange but perhaps a symptom of those against not making a clear and practical enough argument.

Spend more time explaining the nuts and bolts of the alternative rather than just shooting fish in a barrel

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Would they be better off as a republic?

That is a good question. I doubt it.

Would this affect Canada joining your Canzuk idea?

I think so. If Canada is no longer part of the Commonwealth but the other 3 are. But if the UK gets rid of the monarchy and all 4 become republics then it is still possible. Or they could all be absorbed by the US. Anything is possible.

What do the polls say ( I’m not familiar with the biases of pollsters in Canada) . Are people that arsed about it that it’s worth calling a referendum?

Last time i was in Canada was 2019. I don't know if the ascension of Charles makes a difference, but the impression I get from Canadians is they really want to distinguish themselves from the US, which is why I'm guessing they are not really that interested in becoming a republic.. Just my impression..

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Wallace,you was born under the crown, Canadian were colonist who fled colonial America to live under the crown

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Awa no Gaijin

how long did you live in the UK?

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I want elected leaders in all positions with instant recalls when they forget the people they represent.

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Never mind Canada, Britain itself should be a republic.

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it’s more difficult to propose an alternative

How about we could always choose a random citizen to be president for a year or two, like with juries. Of course, they would have no power to interfere in government on their own behalf, like the present monarchs can. Might even be able to choose most politicians like that too.

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Canadian were colonist who fled colonial America to live under the crown

My word. Someone get this fella a history book, stat.

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*Canadian were colonist who fled colonial America to live under the crown*

My word. Someone get this fella a history book, stat.

Well, there are United Empire Loyalists who like to trace their ancestry back to “loyal” pre-(Revolutionary)war America…

Then, there were my ancestors who, although once residents south of the border, simply wanted cheap farm land …

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Canada would not be Canada without the monarchy and the British connections. If Canadians really want to be like Barbados - another boring republic, with a 'head of state' who no one has heard of, go for it, but I'm sure they'll stay on board.

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As Engels writes: “The English bourgeoisie are, up to the present day, so deeply penetrated by a sense of their social inferiority that they keep up, at their own expense and that of the nation, an ornamental caste of drones to represent the nation worthily at all state functions; and they consider themselves highly honoured whenever one of themselves is found worthy of admission into this select and priviledged body, manufactured, after all, by themselves."

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@Aly Rustom, thanks for visiting. And yes, we most of us don't like being thought of as 'Americans' even though we share the continent. I used to like visiting the US, but for the past 20 years as I've watched their society disintegrate I've avoided it like the plague.

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What is the difference anyways. I think Canada has more pressing issues.

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Ego Sum Lux MundiToday  02:15 pm JST

Never mind Canada, Britain itself should be a republic.

To all intents and purposes Britain is a republic already. The King might be there as the symbolic head of state but actual power rests with the leader of the party with a parliamentary majority, i.e. the prime minister.

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In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, if you had to choose who to be colonized and conquered by, you'd choose Britain or France, maybe the Dutch. You certainly wouldn't choose the religious plunderers of Spain or Portugal.

The British allowed colonists set up governments and policies they felt were most beneficial to them.

The 56 member Commonwealth of Nations, of which Canada is a part of, still exists because the institutions set up by the British are still in use by those countries. No other imperial power has ever been able to do deconstruct its empire and maintain relations in such a way.

Could you imagine Czechs debating having pictures of Russian leaders on their banknotes in 2080?

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Could you imagine Czechs debating having pictures of Russian leaders on their banknotes in 2080?

If Russia manages to conquer Ukraine that scenario could be realistic. Just saying .....

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Canada would not be Canada without the monarchy and the British connections.

Still living in the past ....

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Trevor-

@Aly Rustom, thanks for visiting.

The pleasure is all ours! One day, we hope to be able to move there!

And yes, we most of us don't like being thought of as 'Americans' even though we share the continent. I used to like visiting the US, but for the past 20 years as I've watched their society disintegrate I've avoided it like the plague.

I went to college in the US, and every time I am in Canada, my frat brothers ask me to drive down to hang out and party with them, but I always reply that they are welcome to visit me up north.

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