Re: "Let's dump this outdated institution," Our View, Wednesday, Nov. 28.
I can't stand some reports on so-called "surveys."
Apparently, a Montreal-based "Association for Canadian Studies" (possibly funded by us taxpayers) claimed the majority of their phone canvassing resulted in negative views on Canadians' interest in our ties with the English monarchy.
Well, considering it was a Montreal-based survey, I think it questionable. Could we have expected anything different? I'm having a lot of questions on how Quebec is run, in light of past and current legal and political "irregularities."
A vast number of Quebecois continue to be disenchanted with anything, especially "English," outside their desire for independence. Let's do an Ontario-west survey, I say. Oh, by the way, how far afield did the canvass actually take them?
The monarchy has had its many problems with outrageous scandals, political and domestic, but what country, regime or family unit hasn't?
Our society was founded on the basis of Roman, Judeo-Christian ethic with the founding fathers of the British Rule of Law and political governance that has been questioned and criticized, but what other system is really that much better?
How many other societies have experienced the characteristics of what we have in the West and are not truly envious (inclusive of our English ties) - journalistic freedoms, transparency, democratic freedom of selection of government, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, etc.?
The monarchy is one form of the reflection of our society as to who we are and were and where we have come from as a nation.
Formally cutting links with our past for what? We are currently on a disastrous road financially, spiritually, fiscally and morally around the globe and we desperately need leaders, for sure. Let's not forsake what we feel is no longer important, when there are positive historical remnants of our past that we can be still identified with.
God save our Queen and country!
Rick Pearson Coquitlam