Charles and Mrs. Charles, Camilla, will be visiting their realm next week and, honestly, WTF.
Barbara Jaffe in the morning's Vancouver Sun tells that the monarchy costs our country 50 million a year plus expenses for walkabouts like C and C will be having next week. Miss Jaffe seems to think that 50 million is not a ton of money but, wow, it is. It is enough for a drug rehab building and the beds needed to take care of all the crack heads in your capital that want help and cannot get it. Symbols or lives?
She points out that "Momentum for change appears to be building. Just this week, popular former cabinet minister Brian Tobin called for a Canadian head of state. Another prominent former minister, John Manley, expressed the same view back in 2002." We are growing up. Finally.
Personally I like the WFDS plan, a lottery with all Canadian citizens in the hopper, have the draw at half time of the Grey Cup [I know, I said NHL All Star game but I have re thought the process] and, voila, a Canuckistanian King/Queen.
Ms. Jaffe opines that "The Harper government might want to strike an all-party committee of senators to study Canada's options to prepare for the time when Elizabeth ends her reign." I opine that the WFDS plan should be considered.