Toronto, ON - April 7, 2009 -
Canadian republicans are applauding Friday's news from
Australia that their Governor-General agrees with Prime
Minister Kevin Rudd that Australia will become a
When asked by a reporter from the national broadcaster
ABC Radio about her views on a future republic,
Governor-General Quentin Bryce said, "I think that that
will happen in the future, yes."
Australia's representative of the Queen also remarked
that the eventual removal of the colonial link to
Britain was "part of the development of our democracy."
In Canada, despite public opinion polls rivaling
Australia's in majority support for ending the monarchy,
Bryce's candid comment contrasts sharply with public
attitudes in Canadian government circles, where the
issue, with the odd exception, is considered taboo.
The world is passing us by. The Commonwealth prime
ministers of Australia, Barbados, Jamaica and New
Zealand have all openly predicted the end of their
countries' ties to the British monarchy. Now we also see
a sitting governor general declaring the same.
Here in Canada, unless we start seeing more of our
representatives’ reflecting the views of their
constituents and, equally as important, stating their
own true views about the future of the monarchy, we seem
destined to share with tiny Gibraltar and the Falkland
Islands, status as a last bastion of the British Empire.
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