August 16, 2011 - In response to the
restoration of the pre-1968 titles of Royal
Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force,
Canada's republican movement says the
backward move, designed to appeal to
conservative traditionalists, could
may be vastly overestimating the size of the
demographic this kind of action appeals to,"
said CCR spokesperson, Tom Freda.
the 1950s, nor do we have 1950s values, he
adds. "Canada has been accustomed to moving
away from colonialist symbols, not toward
them. I can't imagine the mainstream public
in 2011 seeing this decision as positive."
The group also believes there will be a
considerable financial cost for the
changeover. Access to Information documents
have revealed consistent under-reporting of
the true cost to taxpayers of royal visits,
so that policy is expected to continue this
time as well.
potential constitutional implications, Freda
said, "Australia's military still has the
royal designation and they're further ahead
in the republican debate than Canada. So, in
the larger scope of things, it has no
relevence to our inevitable evolution to a
one hundred percent Canadianized head of
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