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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

ALERT: Colbert for King of Canada?

Is it absurd to call for Stephen Colbert to be King of Canada?  Yes it is -- just as absurd as it is to have a member of the British Royal family as Canada’s Head of State!
More than 15 million adult Canadians (and likely their kids as well), a clear majority, want to retire the monarchy and change to a democratically chosen Canadian Head of State.  This will help stop abuse of power by Prime Ministers and Premiers.
You can show you agree by CLICKING HERE to sign the petition.  If we reach 100,000 signatures it could convince Stephen Colbert to come to Parliament Hill to be crowned the "King of Canada" this summer!
Help make the satirical point that Canada should have its own democratically chosen Head of State, not an arbitrarily chosen foreigner, by signing the petition NOW!
A country’s Head of State is the person with the ultimate power to make key decisions about how government operates, and to represent the country.  Canada’s Head of State is currently Queen Elizabeth, with the Governor General (and in the provinces the Lieutenant Governors) representing her in Canada.
Because Canada’s Head of State, and the provincial Lieutenant Governors, represent the British royal family and are not democratically chosen, they have no legitimacy to stop the Prime Minister or provincial premiers from abusing their powers (as many of them have in recent years).  In fact, the Governor General and the Lieutenant Governors are chosen by the Prime Minister and premiers.  An elected Head of State can change this!
A country’s Head of State is not just a hollow symbol of old history.  The person represents the people of a country – their values and common purpose, their sense of unity, their loyalty to each other and their national pride.
Only 16 of the 54 countries in the Commonwealth association of countries still have the British Royal family as their Head of State.  The 33 countries that have retired the British monarchy are still members of the Commonwealth, and still have their historical ties to Britain – but they have all grown up and are fully independent now - standing on their own two feet with all their own government institutions.
Limiting who can be Canada’s Head of State to the children of one family in a foreign country is unfair, and undemocratic.  Canada should not have an aristocracy -- we are a democracy!
Having a member of the British Royal family as Canada’s head of state is also divisive.  Canada is not British only -- it is a collective of most of the races and ethnicities in the world united by a desire for freedom, democracy, peace, fairness and opportunity.
We are Canadians, and Canada is moving toward its 150th birthday.  It’s time to grow up and become our own country.
We will never have national unity and a true sense of belonging for all of Canada’s peoples, or be a fully democratic country, as long as our Head of State is directly associated with, and restricted to, royal heirs of a foreign country who come from only one of Canada’s minorities and one of our multitude of religions.
Canada’s Head of State needs to be modernized – we need a Canadian selected democratically to represent all Canadians, and clearly empowered to ensure democratic government, as a majority of Canadians want.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION NOW by clicking here and help, through humour, get a national conversation going about the need for Canada to have its own democratic Head of State!
The full Elected Head of State Campaign will be starting soon!  Stay tuned for details.
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