This week, the Bloc Québécois used its opposition motion to force a debate on the monarchy in the federal parliament. Useful work or stabs in the water? Black will at least get some surprise support from the Liberals.
Above all, the alliance’s policy has caused immense unrest among all parties. No one is inclined to say that the current system is correct. No one would dare describe an oath to the sovereign of the United Kingdom as a gesture worthy of a Canadian parliamentarian.
The discomfort is so great in all parties that, by reflex, we know that we must sidestep the question, sidestep the subject. The presence of King Charles III as head of state in Canada cannot be explained and defended by the democratic values of the country and time.
Divert the subject
So the denial of Black’s motion is based on a skillful argument, partially true, but it avoids an important issue altogether.
So Black’s opponents argued that the issue came well after the cost of living, housing or health among the population’s concerns. This is absolutely true. They accused the BQ National Assembly of playing the game of sovereigns. Probably yes.
Opponents of the Black Motion claim that such a change would require a constitutional amendment, which would be too complex. Naturally. However, this link with the monarchy, as well as the standards that flow from it, must play only a symbolic role. This is also correct.
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In short, all of the arguments against Black’s motion are valid. These are not lies. Some express them with passion and enthusiasm, despite everything … the elephant is in the middle of the room. Canada is a country ashamed of its political system.
No greater shame than that from the abuse of native children in history. A small annoyance that makes us want to change the subject. Publicly saying that Canada’s head of state is King Charles III is a minor embarrassment that makes even government ministers look silly.
Indeed, the difficulty of effecting change was the only good reason for Canada to retain its affiliation with the British crown. Changing means opening up the constitution. It is necessary to agree on a new political system and the appointment of a new head of state.
Then, to amend the constitution and incorporate this change, it is necessary to get the consensus of the provinces! And territories? And indigenous leaders? Before giving their consent, each player can have the opportunity to formulate their own requests. Can you guess the puzzle…
In Canada, the British crown has truly become a crown of thorns. Speaking of crowns, will Justin Trudeau attend the coronation of the Good King?
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Bernard Drainville, New Education commentator