received confirmation by the government that no medal
would be produced to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee.
Now, given the number of people who have went above and
beyond during the pandemic (and ought to be honoured in
some way) this is not a great decision. But as the article title
might suggest this isn't the first time Justin Trudeau has
failed to take his role as prime minister of Her Majesty's
Affairs building. Back then I was willing to give the newly
elected Liberal government the benefit of the doubt.
the government approved a new natural gas terminal. This
was done while the royals were visiting the very people the
terminal would effect. The optics were not great and a more
cynical person might suggest the prime minister was trying to
hide behind the royal couple.
regal appointments when recommending the appointment of
Julie Payette to the position of governor general. Now, the act
of a prime minister keeping their own counsel regarding
appointments is not new. However, they do have a serious
responsibility to make sure the candidate is properly vetted.
Reporters quickly dug up some pretty easily found reports
that should have raised red flags. As governor general
Julie Payette would end up being the worst holder of the
office in at least my lifetime, if not longer.
supplied free portraits of the Queen to any Canadian who
requested one. A similar program for the Charter was not
Occam's Razor & Chrystal Balls
many slip-ups on a single issue for it to be random chance.
This leaves open a couple possibilities:
1. Justin Trudeau's government is incompetent. Justin
Trudeau has gotten into a lot of trouble over its time in office.
We are not talking about Machiavellian dirty tricks but rather
a string of unforced errors, back-peddling, and seemingly a
lack of clear leadership. Up until this year I would have
placed myself in this column.
2. Justin Trudeau's government is actively working to
undermine the monarchy. The last couple of acts by this
government that I listed don't fall into the category of a
government bumbling. To end the portrait program and not
the Charter program is intentional and the Jubilee Medal
decision even more so. Despite what Justin Trudeau has
said in the past I can't see him as a friend of the monarchy any
If it really is the second option we may be seeing the return
of republicanism by stealth. No grand declaration of war
against our institutions but instead a slow chipping away at
the foundation of Canadian governance.
A Kisaragi Colour