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Incompetence? You make it so easy to pick on Canadians.

October 31 2004 at 11:41 PM
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Response to Ah yes, the pre-Bush years.


You live in a nation in which the majority of people don't know who the "Head of State" is, or what it means.

Jubilee polls

In the year 2002, the year of the Queen's golden jubilee, polls were taken by Canada's three biggest polling firms on Canadian views of the monarchy.

The 2002 Ekos poll found that support for abolition of the monarchy is declining, yet also highlighted many contradictions in public opinion. 48% agreed and 35% disagree with the statement, "Instead of a British monarch we should have a Canadian citizen as our head of state". Yet at the same time only 43% disagreed and 41% agreed to the same question, worded slightly differently- "it's time to abolish the monarchy in Canada." Again, monarchists suggest the confusion may arise from the skewed question which refers to the "British monarch" as Canada's head of state (as the distinct Queen of Canada, sovereign of the Canadian Crown, many argue the monarchy is Canadian).

Only 5% were even aware that the Queen was in fact Canada's head of state, with 69% thinking it was the Prime Minister and 9% believing it was the Governor General. 55% agree that the monarchy keeps Canada distinct from the United States, while 33% disagree.

This survey has often been cited as evidence of the confusion that many Canadians have for the role of the monarchy in Canada.

Maybe this explain why so many Canadians are confused by our nation's resolve to oust Hussein and establish a democratic Iraq. You know, like, let the Saddam dude rule, eh? He's not bothering you, eh? So pass the Molson, eh....and don't remind us that the Canadian Head of State must be a member of the Church of England. Hic! (apologies to Rob and BigE)

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