of you have seen in newspaper and TV coverage this
weekend, Citizens for a Canadian Republic
is planning a small demonstration at Parliament Hill to
protest the undemocratic selection process of the
Governor General. The objective is also to promote the
speeding up of the position’s evolution from vice regal
to that of official head of state – such as the
republics of India and Ireland have done.
to the story!
saga was as simple as that, we’d all be very happy!
However, shortly after receiving a permit to stage a
demonstration in front of the Parliament buildings, CCR
actually called off its plans due to the strong
possibility that the Canadian Media Guild (which
represents the locked out CBC employees)
would also be demonstrating on the same spot and thus
command a much more noticeable presence. Also, both the
PM and Madame Jean expressed publicly that they would
not cross the CBC picket lines. Consequently, CCR felt
that asking volunteers to risk showing up to a cancelled
or postponed event was not in anyone’s best interest.
last week, Canadian Press was notified of CCR’s
tentative plans to protest. However, confirmation of the
event staging was to be made in a press release on
Friday. Unfortunately, the story broke without the
updated information that the event was cancelled.
we have a demonstration – and only two days to muster
our dedicated Ottawa members to show up! That’s where
you come in. Not only is this an excellent way of
helping out CCR by showing that we really do have
republicans in Ottawa but it’s also your chance to help
make history and contribute to the rapidly growing
interest in Canadianizing the head of state. CCR is
enjoying enormous success in getting this issue into the
media and the effort can only be maintained with your
participation and support.
So come on out on
Tuesday for a couple of hours. Hold a sign or just make
Place: Parliament Hill. North side of the sidewalk
on Wellington Street, between Elgin and O’Conner
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Contact: Cosmin Smeu, Ottawa Chapter Head of
Citizens for a Canadian Republic