Conservative leadership race. I never did get a response from
Peter Mackay or Derek Sloan. However, the Monarchist
League of Canada put together their own overview of the tory
candidates. As such I was able to expand Dr. Lewis' entry and
now have info on the last two, rather elusive, candidates.
“My own personal view is that we should embrace this particular link...to our very
origins, and embrace the fact that the Queen has continued, in a very diligent and
forthright way, to continue this lineage, this connection to our country. It is
something that I as a Canadian feel very proud to continue.... I am proud to sat...
that the constituents in my riding have expressed to me, and members of the
Monarchist League of Canada have expressed quite clearly, that they are satisfied
to continue the traditions of recognizing the Queen as the official head of Canada.
They wish to continue the symbolism and history that comes with it, and the
Governor General as Her official representative in Canada. It is something that is
inextricably linked to our country's past and something that we should proudly
League either. The above quote is taken from a debate back in
2002 on changing the Oath of Allegiance (which can be found
here). Due to formatting, the lead-in to the quote above could
equally be from the Mackay team or a statement by the
League and function as a sort of "He didn't get back to us but
he's loyal see look here" statement. If the latter they are quite
I do get the strategy of not replying to emails when you are
the front runner (nothing is gained and much potentially
lost). And indeed its been a consistent pattern, with a few
notable exceptions, that the farther a candidate is from being
a front runner, the quicker they get back to me. This is part of
the reason the current Green leadership race is so much fun;
there are no clear front runners.
As far as content goes, it is supportive enough.
It should be noted that as Minister of Defence Mr. Mackay
restored the use of the 'royal' moniker to the navy.
"Canada’s constitutional monarchy provides an indispensable component of our
national identity. It's an historical constant, and an essential pillar of Canada’s
parliamentary democracy. The Crown it stands for serves both as a symbol of our
institutional unity and as a guardian of the constitutional freedoms of all Canada’s
citizens. Canada is renowned for having welcomed newcomers from different
cultures and parts of the world over many generations. Our constitutional
monarchy is the unique Canadian “roof” under which everyone can find an equal
and honoured place."
these kind of things. The League was able to bring my survey
to the attention of Mr. O'Toole's campaign in the last race and
in this one got substantive answers from both Dr. Lewis and
It might also be due to my desire to ask a more in-depth set of
questions. The League was looking for answers to what the
"candidate's positions [are] on the constitutional monarchy
as Canada's form of government". But I'll count any reply as
And with that, one project is out of the way for the year.
A Kisaragi Colour