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Old 01-06-2017, 04:16 AM
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Although, in a sense, with all the articles popping up with a slant to the macabre as to what will happen if and when the Queen dies, I have found it kind of interesting to know just what is in place and what is expected to happen. We all know that it is inevitable that HM's reign will come to an end at some point and to be honest, when it comes to preparing for something like this to occur, ranking at the top of the list of ensuring that everything is in order would HM herself.
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Old 01-06-2017, 04:02 PM
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This was actually a pretty interesting article, with the exception of this:
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The Queen is up and about after a brutal cold kept her in bed for nearly two weeks throughout the holidays. But the health scare put thousands of people around the world on notice that the end of the Elizabethan Age might be nigh. This is particularly true of Canada: Aside from the U.K. itself, nobody has spent more time drilling for the death of Queen Elizabeth II than us.
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Old 01-06-2017, 04:33 PM
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Not to be morbid but this is very true. From the article: Aside from the U.K. itself, nobody has spent more time drilling for the death of Queen Elizabeth II than Canada.
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Today marks the Queen’s 65th anniversary on the throne – her #SapphireJubilee. Warmest congratulations & best wishes on behalf of Canadians.

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Message from the Governor General of Canada on the Occasion of the Sapphire Jubilee of The Queen’s Accession to the Throne

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Old 02-07-2017, 11:33 AM
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Message from the Governor General of Canada on the Occasion of the Sapphire Jubilee of The Queen’s Accession to the Throne

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David Johnston is a committed monarchist, unlike some of his recent predecessors as Governor Generals of Canada.
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:57 AM
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Queen Elizabeth II has been Canada's Monarch for 43.3% of our country's history. Which is amazing. #canada150 #SapphireJubilee

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Old 02-08-2017, 12:27 PM
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David Johnston is a committed monarchist, unlike some of his recent predecessors as Governor Generals of Canada.

I don't know about Michäelle Jean, but Adrienne Clarkson is a committed monarchist. I suspect it's not so much that David Johnston is more of a monarchist than his two immediate predecessors so much as he takes a more traditional approach to being GG than they did (and as a white, Canadian born man is more traditional in appearance as well).

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Queen Elizabeth II has been Canada's Monarch for 43.3% of our country's history. Which is amazing. #canada150 #SapphireJubilee



https://twitter.com/gmbutts/status/828696459595874304


I had never thought of that before...

Interestingly, while she's only served a few years longer than Queen Victoria, as her role as Queen of an independent Canada, she far out reigns any of her predecessors.

Elizabeth II has been Queen of Canada for 65 years. Victoria was only Queen of Canada for 34 years (the first 30 years of her reign, Canada was a colony). George V reigned for 26 years, George VI for 16, Edward VII for 9, and of course Edward VIII for just under 11 months.
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Queen Elizabeth II has been Canada's Monarch for 43.3% of our country's history. Which is amazing. #canada150 #SapphireJubilee

https://twitter.com/gmbutts/status/828696459595874304
I guess the correct statement should be that Queen Elizabeth II has been monarch for 43.3 % of the history of the Dominion of Canada, which began in 1867. The country's history, as our friends in Quebec will tell us, is much older than that as the name "Canada" has actually been in use since the beginning of French colonization in the 16th century.

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I don't know about Michäelle Jean, but Adrienne Clarkson is a committed monarchist. I suspect it's not so much that David Johnston is more of a monarchist than his two immediate predecessors so much as he takes a more traditional approach to being GG than they did (and as a white, Canadian born man is more traditional in appearance as well).




I've noticed that David Johnston always begins his Speeches from the Throne by saying something like "As the representative of Her Majesty The Queen, I am pleased to be here to deliver the Speech from the Throne", or " I bear the happy wishes and deep affection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada". In other words, he formally acknowledges his vice-regal position and his condition of a mere surrogate of HM The Queen.

As far as I can recall, Michäelle Jean never made any such mentions to the Queen and acted instead as if she were the de facto Head of State of Canada rather than the Queen's representative.

As Donald Trump would tweet: "Big difference ! ".
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:29 PM
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That is very true.

Michäelle Jean was criticized several times for a lack of understanding of her role; I'm not sure if I would go so far as to say she's not a monarchist (I searched and I couldn't find anything from her on the issue either for or against) or that she didn't do a good job at her role (in a lot of ways I far prefer the approach she and Adrienne Clarkson took to David Johnston's), but I definitely think she was over her head a bit in regards to understanding her legal and constitutional role. Johnston has a much better understanding of this - but he should, his background is based in the law (he has a a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard, Bachelor of Laws from Cambridge, and another Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University, he was an assistant professor at Queen's, a full professor at the University of Toronto, the dean of law at the University of Western Ontario, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor at McGill, and then the President of the University of Waterloo). He also has a long history of being involved in politics and government; he served as moderator at several debates during federal elections, and chaired a number of investigations commissioned by both federal and provincial governments.

In short, he should have a far better understanding of the legalities of his position than Jean and Clarkson.

Jean's education was in language and literature (Bachelor of Arts in Italian and Hispanic languages and literature and a Masters of Arts in Comparative Literatures from the University of Montreal, then further language and literature studies at the University of Florence, the University of Perugia, and the Catholic University of Milan), while her pre-GG career was largely in journalism and broadcasting. Clarkson similarly focused on literature while in school (Bachelor of Arts in English and a Masters in English Lit, both from University of Toronto), before embarking upon a 30 year career with CBC.

I kind of hope that when the next GG is selected (Johnston's term is set to end this September), someone who is a blend of our last 3 GG's is selected; someone who does have an understanding of the legal and constitutional position, like Johnston, but also has an understanding of the cultural position that Clarkson and Jean had.

Random, I never noticed it before, but of the last 11 GGs, only 2 of them (Johnston and Ray Hnatyshyn) were appointed under Conservative governments. And I believe Jean is the only one (of the last 11) to not have any political career before becoming GG.
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As far as I can recall, Michäelle Jean never made any such mentions to the Queen and acted instead as if she were the de facto Head of State of Canada rather than the Queen's representative.
She did in 2006:

"As the representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I am honoured to welcome the newly elected members of the House of Commons on the occasion of the opening of the First Session of the Thirty-Ninth Parliament of Canada. Canadians rejoice in the coming eightieth birthday of Her Majesty later this month, and in her more than fifty years of service as Queen of Canada."

I'm not sure how much influence the GG even has over that, though.
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She also referred to herself as Head of State not once, but twice in a speech at UNESCO in Paris, 2009:

"I, a francophone from the Americas, born in Haiti, who carries in her the history of the slave trade and the emancipation of blacks, at once Québécoise and Canadian, and today before you, Canada's head of state, proudly represent the promises and possibilities of that ideal of society."

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The Queen held an audience today with The Lieutenant Governor of Québec, Michel Doyen, accompanied by Pauline Théberge, at Buckingham Palace

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Members of the Royal Family to Attend Commemorations for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

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His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, is pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales, who will be representing Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, on Sunday, April 9, 2017.
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150 years ago today, the British North America Act, 1867 (now called the Constitution Act, 1867) received Royal Assent. #Canada150
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By Queen Victoria’s proclamation, dated May 22, 1867, the British North America Act would take effect on July 1: Confederation!
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I am pleased to share Her Majesty’s message as we gather to mark #Vimy100. @RoyalFamily

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What a beautiful and eloquent message. Thanks for posting this Rudolph.
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's tells the story of her mother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and her affection for Canada.

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Thanks Rudolph!

This was at Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, 7 October 2002. And I really miss the days when the Queen still made speeches (she almost stopped in 2012, due her age).
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Jean Chrétien joined The #Queen & Prince Philip for lunch today along with all members of the Order of Merit; #cdncrown #cdnpoli #Canada

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