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The political system of parliamentary democracy with constitutional monarchy which developed in England over centuries is one that has served many nations well. Attempts to replace it with something better have generally been failures; I doubt that sensible people would argue that, for instance, America has a better system.

The office of the lieutenant-governor is part of our system which has served us well in Newfoundland.

I feel strongly that it ought to be maintained. But I would go further — and perhaps make myself a minority of one.

I would like to see a member of the Royal family appointed as the next lieutenant-governor. The politicians that have been appointed to the position have generally been too much associated with parties and events to be respected by all. Academics have been too obscure to mean much to the general population.

When Prince Edward was in Newfoundland, he was surprisingly popular, especially with young people. A youthful prince or duke in Government House would make the office of lieutenant-governor, and Newfoundland and Labrador as a whole, much more exciting and romantic both to residents and the outside world.

And never mind those who are against the office of the lieutenant-governor and the monarchy. They are just against; they don’t have any ideas that would truly lead to better government and a happier Newfoundland and Labrador.

Randy Lieb-Warmsworth

Ramea

Organizations: Government House

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, England, America

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  • david
    January 14, 2013 - 16:16

    Favorite Royal? Frank 'Danky' Dorrington.

  • Doug Smith
    January 14, 2013 - 15:16

    Mr. Lieb-Warmsworth, in your letter you stated that the office of the lieutenant-governor, “…has served us well in Newfoundland.” Could you give some examples to support this assertion? Actually, the offices of both governor-general and lieutenant-governor are an insult to all who believe in democracy and freedom, that’s why the Americans got rid of the monarchy. There is nothing special about, “royalty” or the current “royals” they just happened to be born into the family. The history of royalty is one of oppression of the common people so I don’t understand why anyone would think the present day heirs of tyrants deserve special treatment of some kind. I know there is a certain amount of snob appeal regarding royalty but truthfully they are just leeches. Doug Smith, GFW

    • PETER L
      January 15, 2013 - 11:33

      Doug Smith, did you know that the Warmsworth name was a bought British title? Randy Lieb bought it some years ago, titles can be bought, and not too expensive obviously. I agree, time to do away with the role, it really serves no purpose, it's a great expense, and that piece of property the government house can be sold for public good. This is why Randy wants it kept, he feels he is a part of it due to his new title. However it's time we distanced ourselves from "Royalty" and the expense of it. As well, the only attempts to have it done away with and replaced that have failed are third world countries. Others have done away with it, like the USA, and have done quite well. It's old, it's dated, it's stale and it's expensive, just abolish it, it will have no negative effects in this country, but many positive ones. Royalty can still visit if they wish, the youth can ogle them, but we won't be paying for it anymore when it is gone.

  • saelcove
    January 14, 2013 - 10:17

    One word British Monarchy leeches

  • Don II
    January 14, 2013 - 09:39

    The modern day British Monarchy is run like a Corporation which has command of the media and is putting out effective propaganda to elevate it members in a popularity contest. If the people of Newfoundland and Labrador had been provided with a factual history of the British Monarchy and the Royal Family and could see for themselves the amount of unethical, corrupt and high handed abuses of power such as improper executions, wars of conquest and colonialism, seizures of land and estates without reason or compensation and murderous abuses that took place in Colonial America, Ireland, India and even in Newfoundland and Labrador itself that the British Monarchy is responsible for they should have no desire to be ruled by these people or their appointed flunkies! The fact that Canada has not abolished its ties to the British Monarchy and continues to refuse to declare itself to be a free and independent Republic is astonishing!