Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative

The future of the Canadian Monarch

Sep 22, 2022

Now that the death of Queen Elizabeth is receding into the past, perhaps there will be an opportunity for some clear-eyed thinking about the future of the monarchy in Canada. Given the orgy of sentimentality that accompanied the funeral -- can you tell that I am not a monarchist? -- we could certainly use some sensible discussion of the options.

A good place to start is this essay by Christopher Moore over at the Canada's History website.

It seems to me that Canadians have been running away from the subject for too long. Why doesn't the government appoint some sort of expert panel (NOT a royal commission, please) to assess the pros and cons of a homegrown head of state and the pathway for achieving it? Seems like a useful first step to me.