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Well, you can't have national pride if you are happy to have a foreigner who has only visited your country a handful of times as your head of state, and you can't have self respect if you are happy to be considered inferior to this person.
I don't feel this way, nor does any other Canadian in my estimation, you have no conception of Canadian identity, you're so hyper focused on injustices to Ireland that you can't see straight or conceive that anyone else might have a different world view than you, don't presume to tell an entire country how to feel and declare they have no self respect, that's about as disrespectful as you can get and frankly I find your comments incredibly offensive.
Nothing to do with my nationality. I'm talking about the concept of monarchy, in any country. It is an anachronism that belongs to the Middle Ages, not the 21st century. Most countries believe in equality and democracy.
And, on top of that, you have a country that not only has an anachronistic institution like a monarchy, but has a monarch who doesn't live in the country and isn't even a citizen of it. I mean, how crazy is that?
I'm not telling an entire country anything. I'm simply outlining what having a foreign monarch means in ANY country
But we don’t though, you talk about it like the Monarchy is making Canada’s decisions, that just simply is not the case, the Queen isn’t even on our paper money anymore
I’m curious why you feel it’s alright to insult someone who very generously explained their system and how it works. Have you ever been to Canada?
Do you hate the British and the monarchy? It sounds like it, and that you are projecting that hatred onto Canada because it’s convenient. We allow debate on this forum but when comments become personal it crosses a line.
I never said anything about decision making. I said you accept her, a foreigner who doesn't live in your country, as your SYMBOLIC head of state. If you don't think symbolism is important, you have little imagination.
I'm sorry if you feel insulted. I'm stating simple facts - a monarchical system means one person at the top and everyone else beneath them. And a monarch from a foreign country, who doesn't even show respect by living in the country, surely suggests a lack of national pride. Why would a proud citizen want a foreign dwelling person as their head of state? It doesn't make sense.
I have nothing against the British. The British and Irish have a close relationship, I have lived and worked there, and my daughter lives there now. But I certainly have something against the concept of monarchy, be it Britain or Thailand or Belgium...nothing personal
Quite the contrary, I do think symbolism is important, but the fact is that Elizabeth the second is an afterthought here, only those Canadians with strong bonds back to Britain are likely (but not all I'm sure) to have some affinity for the Monarchy.