and I wanted to take this chance to
look back at what the government has
done Vis-à-vis the monarchy. I will
state right off the bat that this blog
takes no stance on who anyone should
vote for. This article is provided for
educational purposes to assist with
making an informed vote on election
day. With that disclaimer out of the
way lets have a look back at what the
Trudeau government has done for/to
the Canadian Monarchy.
the Queen's portrait was taken down from the lobby of the
Foreign Affairs building. This was not the only change as the
office of Canadian Secretary to the Queen was folded into the
Department of Canadian Heritage and has been left vacant.
Later that month Justin Trudeau had his first meeting with
the Queen. The Queen actually knew him as a child since he
is the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
In 2016 a Royal Tour was announced which focused on the
Canadian west coast. While the tour was a great success,
there was one noticeable misstep by the government. The
Pacific Northwest LNG project received government approval
less than 48 hours after Prince William and Kate had visited
the area and while they were still in the country. The
appearance that the government seemed to be hiding behind
the royal couple has always struck me as wrong. While
arriving at a First Nations community it was noted that
several paddlers were wearing 'NO LNG' T-shirts. By making
the announcement when it did the government put the royal
couple in the middle of a political dispute.
are an initiative of Prince Harry to "demonstrate the power of
sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and
demonstrate life beyond disability". Trudeau was able to use
some of his 'star power' to increase the visibility of the event.
That year also saw the appointment of Julie Payette as the
next Governor General of Canada. This appoint was different
than that of the last governor general appointment (and a few
lieutenant governors) as the government opted not to
make use of an advisory committee set up by the previous
Harper government for selecting potential appointees. This
decision likely meant that several red flags were missed and
contributed to a rough first year for the governor general (the
person and the office). The committee has not been made use
of for provincial appointments either. This despite a similar
committee having been set up for Senate appointments.
In June of 2018, Trudeau was speaking at a youth forum in
Toronto when he was asked about the monarchy. While
he defended the institution many felt his arguments could
have been better.
2019 saw the end of the free royal portrait program. The
stated reason was escalating costs and environmental
concerns. The program had grown in popularity since its start
in the early 2000's. However, the end of the program is
thought to be a potential hurdle to anyone wanting to put up
I believe this to be a thorough overview of the actions and
statements by the government over the last four years which
pertain to the monarchy.
A Kisaragi Colour