To the editor,
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s invitation to those British Royals for a May tour of three of our provinces is totally unwarranted. The majority of my fellow Canadians share my opinion on this matter (check the opinion polls).
It is not only a total waste of taxpayers’ money but, more important, we should be severing formal ties to the British monarchy and directing our efforts to the establishment of a Canadian as our head of state – through democratic process.
It makes me very despondent that Harper keeps genuflecting to an institution that has no value in our Canadian culture. It is the most undemocratic of all institutions because it is based not on our Canadian value system, but on a set of archaic hereditary factors that have long since outlived their usefulness. How much more regressive can our prime minister become on this issue?
Harper has the opportunity while in power to lead Canada in a new direction: to one of total independence and full sovereignty with a Canadian as head of state. But, no, in my judgment he continues to embarrass Canadian pride and dignity with a colonial attitude that the majority of Canadians reject (again, check the polls).
I conclude that Harper’s vision of Canada does not reflect what Canadians want. We want a Canadian as our head of state, we want it now, and we want an end to the blatant subservience that monarchy conveys. We must close the book on all this aristocratic nonsense. It is most un-Canadian!
R.D. Berdusco B.Sc., MBA