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LETTER: Canada can fare just fine without the monarchy

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When Queen Elizabeth II dies we should replace her with a Chief of State chosen from among Indigenous Peoples.

It was with great interest that I read of Barbados being on the verge of getting rid of all its royal baloney. And it was with greater interest that I read of Tom Freda’s advocating for a Canadian Republic.

Canada was made, and is made, of many peoples, but three are prominent: French, English and Indigenous. I know, from having known many French Canadians, that our national observances to British Royalty annoy them. I don't know any Indigenous people personally but would understand if they feel similarly. What better way to put an end to such feelings, and to honour the people who were here first, and whom we have mistreated systematically, than to choose from among them our ceremonial Chief of State?

Queen Elizabeth is a beloved figure. My mother would not hear a bad word said about her. But we don't need any more governors general associated with British kings and queens after her. If we plan now, we'll be ready to take Canada to another stage of development when the Queen is no longer with us.

Peter Harley,
Portugal Cove


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