Neil MacAlasdair: The Young Monarchists are the youth wing of The Monarchist League of Canada, the national organisation that seeks to educate Canadians regarding the Crown in Canadian life, and advocate on its behalf in communities across Canada. Steven [Uren] is the chairman of the YM's, and I am the vice-chairman. We co-ordinate all the activities of the YM's across the country, and undertake various projects aimed at educating young people about the Canadian Monarchy.
NM: The Young Monarchists were formed about 15 years ago, when the league's website (monarchist.ca) went up, and significant numbers of young people began joining the league. Due to the size of the country and how expensive national communication was previously, however, we have only really been active in the past 6-7 years.
NM: The Video project was certainly the first videos the Young Monarchists have put together, and, to my knowledge, the first films the league has ever made about itself. YM's have certainly undertaken previous projects, however, like our successive poster campaigns, the first of which was last spring. Since Steven and I took over just over a year ago now, we've also had a number of pub nights at various centres of YM activity.
NM: Undoubtedly, the most common reaction we get on campuses is curiosity. Most students are simply surprised to learn that there is an organisation dedicated to promoting and educating people about the monarchy on campus.
NM: I think undoubtedly the most widely-held misconception in Canada with regard to the Monarchy is that somehow 'The Queen of England' (a title that doesn't even exist anymore) somehow 'rules' Canada, and that we need to "become fully independent" by becoming a republic. While there are others, like people confusing the GG for the head of state, none seem as prevalent and plainly incorrect as thinking that Canada is not a fully independent country whose head of state is the Queen of Canada.
NM: We are hoping to have a card distribution campaign across campuses where we have representation across Canada. We're also hoping to produce another video, in French, about the league.
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