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Canada Reinstates the Queen in all Embassies

Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues to delight supporters of the Monarchy in Canada and around the world. Following anouncement that the Canadian Air Force and Navy are to regain their “Royal” pre-fixes comes the news that all Embassies have been instructed to ensure that a portrait of Queen Elizabeth is displayed prominently in their premises by the end of next week.

Under previous Liberal administrations there had been a slow but incremental process of removing titles and images that emphasised Canada’s links with the United Kingdom but Harper seems determined to reverse the process. This has delighted many in Canada but irritated some on the left and in French speaking Quebec.

Canada is probably the closest member of the Commonwealth to the UK, with its House of Commons, bearskinned Guardsmen, and Tory and Liberal Parties. Until 1949 Newfoundland (now a Canadian province) was still a British colony. As Australia moves seemingly inexorably towards becoming a republic, it is heartening to see Canada cherishing its historic links with the Queen.


September 10, 2011 - Posted by | International


  1. Wonderful news Richard ! My late father spent the last 15 months of his WW2 RAF at RCAF Trenton and always liked the Canadians. I’m delighted that they have restored The Queen to her rightful place.

    Comment by Steve Foley | September 10, 2011 | Reply

  2. Good to see he is concentrating on important stuff, instead of fiddling around with the pesky economic crisis and other trivia.

    Comment by Jonny | September 11, 2011 | Reply

    • Jonny – I thought that would wind you up, as an old fashioned Socialist!!

      He is doing the “important stuff” as well. He is a good Conservative 🙂

      Comment by Richard Willis | September 11, 2011 | Reply

  3. Ah yes, Economics, the “Dismal Science” and “The Price of Everything and the Value of Mothing” . Our politics are currently obsessed with economic matters to the point of mind numbing boredom and the exclusion of all else. There are some issues to which one cannot attach a cost and this is one of them. Hats off to Stephen Harper !

    Comment by Steve Foley | September 11, 2011 | Reply

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