Sunday, 20 February 2011

Young British Fogey knows Canadian Queen is not a moonlighting UK Royal

This guy calls himself a young fogey I don't know about the 'fogey' part, but Rafal Heydel-Mankoo has a deep understanding of the Canadian constitution, and from what I've seen in the blogosphere, an all too rare one for a guy living in either London, Ontario or London, U.K.

I've said it here a few times: the Canadian Crown is a Canadian institution, not a British one. Our Queen is Queen of Canada by an Act of the Canadian Parliament and her role as Head of State is entrenched in the Canada Act 1982. That means Canada would remain a monarchy even if the United Kingdom became a republic.

It's basic civics, but suprisingly hard for many journalists, air-headed blow-dried tv presenters, and pundits to grasp.

Thanks Rafal Heydel-Mankoo for helping educate the Europeans, Americans, Canadians, and the rest of the Commonwealth about these basic constitutional facts.

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