Green leadership candidate David
Merner to my survey questions. He
is the former 2019 candidate
for Green Party of Canada candidate
It has been a while since the last
survey response was received so as a
refresher the questions I sent to each
candidate are below:
1. What are your views on the monarchy?
2. As prime minister would you make use of the Advisory Committee on Vice-Regal
Appointments that was active between 2010 and 2015?
3. During the previous parliament the government cancelled a program that
mailed physical copies of the Queen's portrait to any Canadian who asked free of
charge. Would you restore this program?
4. The government also removed the Queen's portrait from the lobby of the Foreign
Affairs Office and replaced it with paintings by Alfred Pallen. Would you find a
way to have both paintings and portrait share the ample wall space of the Foreign
Affairs Office lobby?
questions 2 and 3 by telephone. His replies were:
Question 1: "I am a supporter of the monarchy."
Question 2: Mr. Merner stated that it was a sensible idea to
make use of the committee. As someone with a constitutional
law background himself he felt having constitutional experts
weigh in on vice-regal appoints was a good idea.
Question 3: As the program is currently structured he would
not bring it back and would go further and end a similar
program for copies of the Charter. However, while discussing
the program he was supportive of somehow incentivising
libraries to take on this particular role with possible financial
support from the federal government.
Question 4: "yes, I would raise this issue with the Minister
of Foreign Affairs."
As always I checked for any public comments by Mr. Merner
on the monarchy. I found none which is pretty standard for
leadership candidates who have not held public office. There
are simply fewer public statements to go by. Overall, he seems
solidly in the monarchist camp.
A Kisaragi Colour