Monarchy is a money-maker for British tourism industry, granted that.
It is also a money-maker for all kinds of Canadian bureaucrats and Crown corporations.
And it is a huge money-loser for Canadian taxpayers.
Why? Because it’s all about pomp and circumstance, without a single sign of any contribution to ordinary Canadians’ lives. Yet, it’s the ordinary Canadians who are paying the piper: governments have no money of their own, they only have what they’d managed to wring out of taxpayers’ pockets by way of ever-increasing taxes.
Supporters of the Monarchy would claim that this form of government is an institution that unites us all behind a certain (and valuable) set of values. Should that statement be true, then, we still belong in centuries past.
Times have changed drastically since those fairy-tale centuries. If there’s anything that should be uniting us now, it ought to be values that respect individual lives, cherishing everybody’s contribution to society. It should not involve proclaiming unwavering faith and blind obedience to a clan of unelected persons whose only claim to fame is that they were born into royalty.
Have our “constitutional” Monarchy ever respected individual lives, cherishing everybody’s contribution to society?
Have our government ever respected individual lives, cherishing everybody’s contribution to society?
A few days hence
A Monarch’s passing no longer involves dissolution of Canada’s Parliament, and civil servants and soldiers no longer must swear new oaths. Official buildings no longer must be covered in black, with flags flying at half-mast (the cheapest part of the protocol).
We have an official flag protocol. Another waste of money, too: someone had to write it, and they got paid for their efforts, and somebody had to approve of it, and they got paid for their efforts, also. It’s filled with rules in detail as minute as to be boring. Bet your last buck someone will be paid to make sure the rules are observed.
Not necessarily. Or, hopefully, not immediately. Coins bearing Her Majesty’s likeness will be around for a while. What kind of a while? Depends. Our new nominal ruler will have to get portrayed (on taxpayers’ dime), the portrait will have to be approved. Its engraved version Royal Canadian Mint would end up using would have to get his thumbs up, too.
New year, new coins? Nobody knows. Most importantly, what kind of coins we use has no bearing on Canada’s national economy either way.
One positive: Royal Canadian Mint has been in a habit of issuing commemorative coin sets. People have been buying them like hot cakes. Yes, their design and production will set us back somewhat. The eagerness with which many would part with their hard-earned cash just to own currency not to be used to pay for anything might hopefully end up on the positive side of Royal Canadian Mint’s ledger.
Another idiotic rule
According to the Manual of Official Procedure of the Government of Canada, the Prime Minister must convene Parliament forthwith so they can pass a resolution expressing “loyalty and sympathy” to the new guy in Buckingham Palace. Declaring an official day of mourning for the day of the funeral is the second part of the resolution.
That would be a procedure that shouldn’t take longer than a quarter of an hour (if all of the political parties’ leaders present express the wish to speak on the occasion, and they undoubtedly will).
The coronation day, usually a few months, or a complete year later, has similar rules.
Should this happen at a time when Parliament are not sitting (summer break, for example), this is another taxpayer-supported expense.
Of course, the moniker we’ve got used to, Her Majesty, will now be His Majesty. That should remain so for quite some time: the new King has already mentioned that his son would be his heir. Frightfully kind of him.
Also, one wonders whether Canada’s delegation to the coronation beats the record established in 1952: about 10,000 Canadians crossed the Big Pond to show their loyalty (and to show off that they belonged) then.
How many of them paid their own fare, room and board?
The same goes for the inevitable Royal tour that is forthcoming. The idea is to drum up more support for the Monarchy. The trend in anti-Monarchy views has become way too obvious to ignore. The countries the Monarchs have been visiting in the past have always claimed they were honoured to be the perfect hosts, including room and board.
So: why not again, right?
Justin Trudeau swung into action with shocking speed. Herewith an excerpt from his itinerary for Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. The Cabinet meeting listed as the first topic must have been really smooth. It couldn’t take but a few minutes: it started at 10, and the PM had to be elsewhere by 10:30.
10:00 a.m. The Prime Minister will chair the Cabinet meeting.
10:30 a.m. The Prime Minister will join Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, at a ceremony to proclaim the accession of the new Sovereign, King Charles III.
Notes for media:
- Open coverage
- Media are asked to arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 9:15 a.m.
- Media wishing to cover the event must be accredited with the Parliamentary Press Gallery and are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office in advance.
- Media contact: (address deleted for obvious reasons)
- Please note that masks are mandatory.
The Prime Minister will speak with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth Truss.
End of quote.
What a waste of time (and money)!
None of it (neither time nor money) is theirs to waste. That’s precisely why they’re wasting it: they wouldn’t spend a cent of it were it to come out of their own wallets.
And yet, they do waste it, and they find that way too many taxpayers have no issues with this kind of extravagance.
What does it say about us, their subservient bosses?