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.