François Blanchet of the Bloc Quebecois advocating for the
abolition of the monarchy. I have been somewhat busy this
month due to municipal elections in New Brunswick and was
not able to get to it right away. As it turns out the Parliament
of Canada keeps a breakdown of how each vote goes on its
website which is a wonderful resource to have. Lets see if
anything interesting can be found from looking at the raw
the Canadian State and the British monarchy, and call on the
government to take the actions necessary to do so.
Result: Motion Defeated
-Perhaps not surprisingly the party whose leader introduced
the motion supported it fully.
New Democratic Party
-Of all the results I find this one the most interesting. The
NDP has a republican leader (although he didn't vote on this
motion) but also a large contingent of members who support
the monarchy. During the last survey of NDP leadership
candidates I received several comments from members who
don't vote for the party because they don't trust the party on
this issue. It should also be noted that if the Bloc wanted a
wedge issue to cause trouble for the NDP they couldn't find
a better one. The Bloc traditionally hasn't weighed in on the
monarchy as their stated goal is independence regardless so
the timing seemed odd. They do have to watch out for rivals
though and the NDP has in recent memory absolutely curb
stomped the Bloc. The NDP has also been a fairly effective partner in the current minority government. Does the Bloc
sincerely dislike the monarchy? Yes, but keeping their rivals
from posing a threat is also a concern.
-Elizabeth May continues to be a strong supporter of the
monarchy. This is the first time we have gotten to see what
Mike Morrice's views are. While disappointing, at least we
know them now. Mike has been suggested as a potential
leader for the party down the road so it is something to watch.
-I'll get into the geographic breakdown next but the one yea
vote was from a Quebec MP. I have been somewhat critical
of the Liberal's handling of the monarchy file over the years
but they can be counted on to not rock the boat at least.
-The Conservative Party continues to be a bastion of loyalty. I
had been worried when Pierre Poilievre was elected leader of
the party due to the complete lack of any statements made
regarding the monarchy and his overall populist leanings. He
is either a closet monarchist or realizes the split this would
cause in his support is even greater than in the NDP's case.
-One Quebec yea vote and one Ontario nay vote. Just goes to
show the more things change the more they stay the same.
-Of passing interest is the absence of a vote by MP Jenica
Atwin, former Green Party MP.
-Despite the Bloc Quebecois voting entirely in favour of the
motion they still didn't manage a majority in their own
-Interestingly of the five NDP MPs in Ontario three didn't cast
a vote and the remaining two voted in favour.
-Given the large Conservative contingent on the prairies this
lopsided result was expected. The NDP here heavily
supported the motion.
-The NDP split on this question was most pronounced in BC
with three supporting it, seven opposing it, and three not